The self-proclaimed 'biggest midget in the game' has gone from the bloggers champ to magazine-cover-vamp on both sides of the pond, having graced the covers of URB, The Fader, and i-D to name a few. The plus-sized hype surrounding this pint-sized 20-year-old hailing from Wembley, England is the subject of her new single, "Love Me Or Hate Me." All punk and grime snot-nosed British attitude over an undeniable 808-fueled electro-pop-n-lock beat courtesy of NYC producer Dr. Luke. For Lady Sovereign, it was a quick leap from bloggers' pet to critic's darling. The press has been voracious, heaping praise on Lady Sov to the tune of "The Queen of U.K. Grime," to "Hip-Hop's great white hope," even likening her to a female Eminem. She's already completed a round of succesful U.S performances including the Coachella and Intonation festivals as well as a national tour in support of The Streets. Additional performances include NYC's Central Park Summerstage (Headlined), Lollapalooza and Bumbershoot festival.
More Eminem than Missy Elliot, this diminutive U.K. rapper shows exactly how threatening a small woman with a big mouth can be. Her spiky collision of punk rock attitude and pop appeal is a revelation and her self-awareness is oddly shocking, but rather endearing, as the 5-foot-1 rapper asserts, "I'm the biggest midget in the fame." Wicked, irreverent, smart, and full of self-depreciating humor, this queen of grime rap pillages her autobiography on "Those Were the Days," deconstructs nationalism on "My England," raids Mother Goose on "Public Warning," and then drops a gauntlet with a loud clattering sound, making listeners laugh out loud with the snotty, but laughable challenge of "Love Me or Hate Me." But mostly she keeps things moving, throwing off sparks and bon mots with her mad, furious, in-your-face flow, while adding a bit of glam and new wave to the electro hip-hop beats. She might be small, but her future as the voice of the fashionably disaffected is huge. --Jaan Uhelszki