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Public Warning Explicit Lyrics

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 31 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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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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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

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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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Lady Sovereign for Queen of the world!!!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa1ad6c60) out of 5 stars 39 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1a86ab0) out of 5 stars The most entertaining slagfest of 2006. Dec 23 2006
By Jason Stein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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
HASH(0xa1a867d4) 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.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1a86d8c) 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
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1a5fae0) out of 5 stars Make Way fuh da SOV!! March 24 2007
By Undapants - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1a5a300) out of 5 stars Public Warning! You'll be addicted to SOV with one listen. Nov. 21 2006
By T. Hammond - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been a fan of Lady Sovereign for over a year now and hoped that her new tracks would stay true to her original sound. I love the new album and was happy that some of the older tracks like 9 to 5 and Hoodie were included since they were not on 'Vertically Challenged'.

Here's how I rate the album:

#1 - 9 to 5 - This is the first SOV song I heard. Seen the video on IMF and have been hooked ever since. People who compare her to eminem are completly wrong, she's in a league of her own.

#2 - Gatheration - Love the base track and the rhymes. Great song.

#3 - Random - This has been my favorite SOV song.

#4 - Public Warning - Love the tempo changes in her track and rhymes. (My two boys favorite track) It's insane how fast she can spit words out.

#5 - Love Me Or Hate Me - Love SOV's sound, love the base track, love the video. Nothing to hate here.

#6 - My England - Fun song though not one of my favorites.

#7 - Tango - Loooove the base track but the subject ????. This song is slowly growing on me.

#8 - A Little Bit Of Shhh - A great song. Also available on 'Vertically Challenged' with a remix.

#9 - Hoodie - This song is probably my second favorite track. Great song to dance to.

#10 - Those Were The Days - A slow down track. Not one of my favorites.

#11 - Blah Blah - Love the song, sooo SOV. F the critics. She is NO Feminem.

#12 - Fiddle with the Volume - A great song that is also available on 'Vertically Challnged' as a remix.

#13 - Love Me Or Hate Me feat. Missy Elliott - Missy ruined this track. Her style is completely wrong for this song. Luckily Missy's interuption is short. Love SOV, Hate Missy.

Buy this album along with her Vertically Challenged EP and you'll be hooked.

I'll always be a Lady Sovereign fan if she'll keep true to her original sound and not try to sound like the main stream [...] America listens to. Lady Sov's one of a kind!

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