Lady Sovereign

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Lady Sovereign

If Missy Elliott were a tiny white chav, she’d be Lady Sovereign. With her beats de-grimed for American audiences, Sov doesn’t sound quite as explosive here as she did on her legendary demo tracks, but there’s no containing her charisma. Like countryman Mike Skinner of The Streets, the “biggest midget in the game” takes on the banalities of modern British life with irreverent wit: wage slavery on the slinky “9 to 5”; poor fashion choices on distended bounce track “Hoodie”; cranky neighbors on the ?lthy “Fiddle with the Volume”; and outdated stereotypes of Britain on “My England.” Albion subsides; Lady Sov reigns.

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