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Public Warning (Advisory) [Explicit Lyrics]

Lady Sovereign Audio CD
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1. 9 to 5
2. Gatheration
3. Random
4. Public Warning
5. Love Me Or Hate Me
6. My England
7. Tango
8. A Little Bit Of Shhh
9. Hoodie
10. Those Were The Days
11. Blah Blah
12. Fiddle With The Volume
13. Love Me Or Hate Me Remix - Missy Elliot

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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

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Lady Sovereign ~ Public Warning

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5.0 out of 5 stars She is the BEST!!! July 11 2014
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Lady Sovereign for Queen of the world!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than you think, Better than I thought. June 8 2007
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I didn't like her voice when I first heard her but once you get past that she's got some really great lyrics. Some of it's a little hard to understand at first because of British slang, but it really grows on you.

Best songs are Random, Love Me or Hate Me, Tango and Hoodie which is about the law in England that says you can't wear hoodies in public places.

Love her or hate her, I love her.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The most entertaining slagfest of 2006. Dec 23 2006
By Jason Stein - Published on Amazon.com
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21 year old Louise Harman (aka Lady Sovereign) is mad as hell, and she ain't going to take it anymore on her full length debut, "Public Warning". To her credit, as an English, female, and short rapper, she avoids typical rapper pitfalls such as rapping about sex, money, bling, being better than everyone else, drugs, etc., etc. Instead she focuses on socialism, classism, self-affirmation, and yes, overuse of suntan salons.

She's had several hits in Britain already, but in America her first single is the extremely catchy and also obnoxious "Love Me Or Hate Me", with a humorous video to go along with it. At least Ms. Harman doesn't take herself too seriously like so many pompous rappers today. Some other potential hits could be "9 To 5" (not Dolly Parton's version), "Random" and "Hoodie".

I found "My England" to be one song that showcased what Ms. Harman could be capable of in the future (assuming she sticks with this music thing). In "My England" she gives a scathing portrait of and England unlike what foreigners perceive as filtered through the media. That's okay, I always thought the true England was more Sex Pistols, The Clash and "Trainspotting" (which is Scottish, but close enough) anyway. I also found the title track to be an interesting change-up of punk/hip hop/rock/rap.

There are a few missteps like "Gatheration", "A Little Bit Of Shhh" and "Those Were The Days" that were dull.

Overall, "Public Warning" shows promise if Lady Sovereign can overcome the one-hit wonder, novelty act label, she might just go on to be the only white, female, British, biggest-midget in the game.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make Way For The Ess-Oh-Vee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nov. 7 2006
By R. Pierce - Published on Amazon.com
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Lady Sovereign has taken Amercian colleges by storm and now she's ready to take over the American mainstream music industry. Her recently released Public Warning is by far the best album I've heard in a very long time. Lady SOV, as she is most often called, is fresh and new and with her eclectic style and inability to fit into any one genre this Brit is sure to make her mark in America. For those who are looking for something different this is definitely the album to buy and if you like remixes purchase her first compilation Vertically Challenged which contains the track (The Battle) that helped boost Lady Sovereign's career as well as other well known tracks and remixes. Love and support "The Biggest Midget In The Game" AKA Lady Sovereign.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make Way fuh da SOV!! March 24 2007
By Underpants - Published on Amazon.com
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Niiiiiiccceee! Saw SOV for the first time on Letterman & knew we had to hear more. Fierce stuff from "da biggest midget in da game." Undeniable talent, fresh flow, rapid-fire rap (tho' do I detect a bit of digital assist with her speed-rap on the title track? Have to see her live to know for sure......) Crisply produced, great effort here. Check out the remix for "Love Me or Hate Me" w/Missy Elliott. Surpasses the original edit by far. Great stuff! Love her or hate her - we love her & can't wait for more!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3-1/2 stars -- Good but she could use a hook-up July 31 2007
By Anthony Rupert - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Very few white female rappers seem to be able to make it in the game, possibly because they either try too hard (Sarai) or they don't try hard enough (Northern State). All arguments aside, I remember first reading about Lady Sovereign in the 2005 Love/Hate issue of XXL, and I didn't really know who she was except that she was on Def Jam. I didn't get to hear her Vertically Challenged EP, but I have to say that I enjoy her full-length debut, Public Warning.

Be advised, though: Lady Sov's style isn't best classified as "standard" rap. She's actually an English grime artist, which IS still rap, but it isn't structured the same way as rap in the States is. Fortunately, her music is more accessible than, say, Dizzee Rascal's; and although her thick accent is wholly evident within her rhymes, it's easier to stand than, say, the Streets'. Notable tracks include "9 to 5", "Fiddle with the Volume" and, of course, "Love Me or Hate Me".

There is also a necessary end-of-album remix-of-the-first-single featuring Missy Elliott, and although it's good, it seems like Missy just changed her style to suit Sov's (but Missy changes her style on every song she does anyway, so maybe that's not that big of a deal). But the only real problem with the album is that there are a lot of otherwise great songs that have questionable choruses, especially "Blah Blah Blah". "Random" seems like a bad attempt to introduce new slang, and the chorus to "Tango" doesn't make any sense. But there are still enough good moments to qualify Lady Sovereign as a force not to be reckoned with, so pick Public Warning up.

Anthony Rupert
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I hope this album ushers in a new rap era Nov. 23 2006
By Shane Carpenter - Published on Amazon.com
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I used to be a "fan" of rap (among other music, of course) during the mid/ late nineties - you know, a time when mainstream rappers like tupac, biggie, nas, and outkast were putting out quality music. Fast forward to 2006, and although the times have changed, mainstream rappers are still rapping like it's the 90s; objectifying women, pushing products, and insulting each other with lame, boring beats. I gave up on rap for the past 6 years or so, that is until I heard Lady Sovereign's album.

Lady Sovereign has a better flow than any female rapper I've ever listened to (and yes I know about Jean Grae, etc) and a better flow than most any mainstream rapper today. Her songs, although considered "rap" have elements of jungle, electronic, and reggae sprinkled throughout. It's because of the various musical influences and amazing beats that the greater part of this album is danceable in addition to being fun to listen to. So thanks for allowing me to believe in rap (as an art form) again, Lady Sovereign.

To other people who are on the fence about buying this album - please buy it. It's a great high-energy album with above-average lyrics, and a flow that's on fire. We need the musical pendulum to swing this way; no more hyphy, crunk, or gangsta rap, please.
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