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      Jay-Z signs a rapper who's white,
      British and female


      Three strikes, she's in
      Lady Sovereign — white, British and female — shakes up the rap rules.




      By Chris Lee
      Special to The Times
      [LA Times]
      December 17, 2005

      In ways both minor and profound, the British rapper Lady Sovereign is
      defined by contradictions

      Although the MC (real name Louise Harman) has bestowed upon herself a
      hip-hop honorific bespeaking supreme rank and unassailable authority,
      she grew up poor in London's Wembley housing projects to working-class
      punk-rocker parents.

      And despite her porcelain complexion and U.K. pedigree, she forswears
      the Queen's English in favor of a lilting Jamaican patois and a vocabulary
      of street slang and made-up words in song.

      Most telling, Lady Sovereign — who turns 20 on Monday — has commanded
      stages from Brixton to Montreal, standing a mere 5 feet 1 while grandly
      proclaiming her unique worldview "big midget style."

      Seated in an upstairs booth at Hollywood's CineSpace club this week at
      the tail end of a month-long tour of the U.S. and Canada, and dressed
      in an Adidas track suit that was several sizes too large, she appeared at
      least half a dozen years younger than she really is.

      "I've had people think I'm 14," she said exasperatedly. "At a couple of
      shows, I've come to do a sound check and they say, 'Sorry, you're not
      allowed.' They think I'm just a kid."

      Make that a kid with a major league recording contract. In November,
      rap superstar-turned-label President Jay-Z signed Harman to Island Def Jam.
      Although Ms. Dynamite, a U.K. rapper of African descent, released an
      album on Interscope in 2003, and Sri Lankan MC M.I.A. currently has an
      album out on the Interscope-distributed XL label, Sovereign is the
      first British-born white woman rapper to land a deal with a major American
      label — let alone hip-hop's most venerable imprint, Def Jam.

      "She's a white female English rapper. That makes her different from
      every MC out there," said Rob Stevenson, her Island Def Jam artists and
      repertoire executive. "Everyone's interest is piqued."

      Although Sovereign has been favorably compared to Eminem for her
      ribald, autobiographical, take-no-prisoners rhyme style — she jokes in her
      songs about drinking too much, getting kicked out of school and losing her
      virginity — she resists being identified as the riot grrrl version of
      Slim Shady.

      "I'm the best thing since sliced bread — no, Eminem," Harman raps on
      her song "Ch Ching." "Feminem? Nah. Sovereign? Yeah."

      According to Marvin "Seven" Bedard, owner of Chocolate Industries, the
      Chicago-based independent label that released Sovereign's "Vertically
      Challenged" EP last month, her ability to communicate specifics about
      her experience sets her apart from other rappers.

      "She's a direct product of where she's from," Bedard said. "She isn't
      trying to project anything. She's like, 'This is who I am.' It's never
      a facade to be anything else."

      Already a fixture on Britain's "grime" music scene — a street-smart
      English sub-genre that draws influences from dancehall reggae, hip-hop,
      punk and drum-and-bass — she has become a darling of bloggers and
      critics.

      But Sovereign's status as a Lady may be her most distinguishing
      characteristic. In an era when women have been marginalized as rappers,
      Harman's Island Def Jam deal is hardly business as usual. Moreover,
      with Lil' Kim sentenced to a year and a day in prison for perjury and the
      recent revelation that Foxy Brown has lost hearing in both ears, her
      female competition has been seriously diminished.

      Harman stops short of calling herself a feminist, but she has strong
      opinions about the problem with most female rappers.

      "You can see in the music that they're trying to follow in the
      footsteps of guys because that's what's successful," Harman said. "But it's like, 'Come on! Have your own opinions.' "

      "There are a lot of talented females out there, but the record
      companies are looking for a pretty face," she continued. "They're not all glam.
      They're 'hood rats like me. Especially the female MCs from the U.K.
      that I know — they're not showing off."

      Harman's hip-hop career started as a bedroom hobby just more than three
      years ago. She posted some 30-second audio snippets of herself
      freestyling onto a self-made website, which in turn was linked to other
      underground grime URLs. She also "wormed" her way into performing
      beforesmall crowds.

      "If someone I knew was DJing, I'd be like, 'Please let me come get on
      the mike,' " she remembered. "I'd have to beg. I'd do small little outdoor
      festivals with 10 people watching me."

      The rapper also worked odd jobs such as filling doughnuts and selling
      windows door-to-door. But after cutting several "white label" DJ
      singles and releasing songs through an independent U.K. label, Casual Records, she built an in-the-know following and triggered a bidding war at home.

      "All the major labels were after me: Sony, Parlophone, Island,
      Universal — and I had no management," Harman said. She eventually signed a deal with Universal.

      Last August, Island Def Jam's Stevenson brought Harman to the attention
      of Jay-Z, who flew her from London to New York.

      "I must have been star struck," Harman said of Jay-Z. "I grew up
      listening to him and he's a legend."

      Stevenson recalled the encounter differently.

      "It wasn't the dream meeting where she nailed it and left with the
      record deal," he said. "It was a nightmare."

      By happenstance Jay-Z's pal, R&B phenom Usher, decided to sit in along
      with Island Def Jam Chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid. When Jay-Z requested
      Harman "spit a rhyme" on the spot, their presence overwhelmed her.

      "Here's this girl who has come from nothing, not a world traveler, and
      she's sitting in Jay's office and he's asking her to freestyle,"
      Stevenson said. "And then Usher came in. I watched the blood drain from
      her face."

      Even though she had apparently blown the audition, Harman eventually
      won over label honchos with her combination of teenage blitheness and
      can-do determination. She quickly assembled a band and dazzled at an industry showcase.

      These days, a host of hip-hop's biggest producers are getting in line
      to collaborate with the self-described "multitalented munchkin." Her album
      is due in early summer.

      Appearing somewhat exhausted on the eve of her final tour date, and
      complaining of mild whiplash after riding a roller coaster at Knott's
      Berry Farm earlier in the day, Lady Sovereign has no intention of
      rethinking her game plan — to the extent that there ever was one.

      "I don't think forward. It's dangerous," Harman said, glancing at her
      signature gold sovereign coin ring. "You get expectations and if it
      doesn't happen, it'll bash you up on the way.

      "If you take it as it comes, it's more comfortable. That's how I've
      been doin' it since Day One."
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      Working together, the ants ate the elephant.


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      Hmmm...a WHITE GIRL EMCEE from the U.K.? I WOULDN'T IMMEDIATELY DISMISS HER because of the fact that London is FULL of some SERIOUS TALENT. I'd love ta give her a listen.What do U think, Jahness?

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      She views the world "big midget style."..... enough said. What does height have to do with the world??? She maybe interesting, but I don't think she is any different. Seems to me that white people always claim that trickery stuff: I am of Afrikan decent. Yeah, WE know.

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      Whatever, Man!

      Jay-Z is using his talents, skills and abilities toward the advancement of his corporate rulers, and he himself will benefit.

      I perceive him to be the "system"-annointed role model for "African-American" men and youth. Jigga' joined the Machine.

      I could care less about some white female U.K. rapper, or "rap" for that matter. Keep it real, Africans are NOT the target market for Hip-Hop records, and Jay-Z is handling his business by serving his market.

      I wonder if he'd be on the cover of all these magazines if he had not joined forces with the Corporate music establishment to enlarge their fortunes.

      It seems just as when Africans in America have set their sights on "taking back the music: and using it as a forum to uplift and educate our youth, the PDB move in to buy-off the most influencial and connected. I don't know what Jay-Z's perspective is, though I view his new "corporate" position as a conflict of interest.

      He's compromised himself, and though I never bought his ablums, he's now a "sell-out" suspect. Perhaps not mentally, but definitely positinally and situationally.
      "Humpty Dumpty was PUSHED"

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      Are we going to have another M&M?

      I have never liked Jay-Z!

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      Can Beyonce rap? Shes White.

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      Watch your mouth GoodRain. Thats not nice man.





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      Quote Originally Posted by GoodRain
      Can Beyonce rap? Shes White.
      Please explain, I'd like to know whatyou mean by that.
      "Humpty Dumpty was PUSHED"

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      Quote Originally Posted by godisblack3
      Hmmm...a WHITE GIRL EMCEE from the U.K.? I WOULDN'T IMMEDIATELY DISMISS HER because of the fact that London is FULL of some SERIOUS TALENT. I'd love ta give her a listen.What do U think, Jahness?

      Greetings Everyone Welcome to the discussion!

      Godisblack3, Serious talent or not we have enough cultural bandits amongst us already, as everything white end up being right. No matter what we do as a people yt comes in and takes over.

      Jay-Z is about making his money for himself and his pimpers. They pimp him and he helps to pimp the people, either way it is a win win situation for all those involved except the ghetto youths who are falling for the con, in the game of rap.

      The money that is being made in the rap game, does nothing for the community they are draining this money from. It is not only Jay-Z but a whole lot of our people in the entertainment industry as a whole.

      Quote Originally Posted by MsLioness
      She views the world "big midget style."..... enough said. What does height have to do with the world??? She maybe interesting, but I don't think she is any different. Seems to me that white people always claim that trickery stuff: I am of Afrikan decent. Yeah, WE know.
      MsLioness, you are on point sister. Everyone white now who wants to be a cultural bandit claims to be black some where down the lane when they got touched with the shoe polish or the sun tan lotion, cuz that is the only way it's going to happen. yt stops at nothing to claim to be what they are not.

      CreatorsCollege, you raise very good points. We would have to wait and see I guess how this chapter in rap history turns out. Corruption and greed with money always involves one of these sale/sell/cell. Somewhere down the road it will costs someboby something.

      Khadijah & GODFATHA, thanks for checking out the thread

      Quote Originally Posted by GoodRain
      Can Beyonce rap? Shes White.
      Beyonce is not a rapper, how can you even compare. Besides I can't even relate to what you mean about Beyonce being white, so you are goning to have to clarify on that one for me also, if you don't mind.

      Much appreciation to everyone for sharing your views on this topic.

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      she's np worse than the rapper we have now...i mean it's terrible...we have a choice between thug, gangsta, drug dealer, white boys, cake songs, crunk bullshit....basically everthing but real shit...1...
      I'm like Martin Luther king, people listen to me alot/
      it's non-violent non-violent, till i'm hit wita rock/
      then it's coretta fuck this, gone hand me my glock/ -50cent

      Gotta dope dealers bop, wita righteous state of mind/
      Guess i'm half of my pops, enlighten by the qu'ran/- ME

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      i wouldn't listen to her, But I'm sure she'll make a funny VH1 special





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      "She's a white female English rapper. That makes her different from
      every MC out there," said Rob Stevenson, her Island Def Jam artists and
      repertoire executive. "Everyone's interest is piqued."



      .......Sounds like a gimmick to me..
      ...It Ain't A Game, This is Life...

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      This is nothing but another gimmack. Yt hates us so much but they want to walk,talk,dress like us be like us. It can never be when will they learn a copy is just a copy and the original can never be replaced.
      You are here because you know something,what you
      know you can't explain,but you feel it.You've felt it
      your entire life; that theres something wrong with the
      world.You don't know what it is but it's there; a
      splinter in your mind... the matrix




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      I added a photo of this Jay-Z recruit.... throw up your "Diamonds" for stupidity.



      Does she look corny....or what?

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      She is a joke.





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