Release Date: Oct 31, 2006
Record label: Def Jam
As her full-length debut was set to drop, the buzz around the brash U.K. MC named Lady Sovereign was unavoidable. Before most everyone actually heard her, they knew a few things: she was the first non-American to get signed to Def Jam; she had her chance with the ultra-hip producers the Neptunes and came up with nothing; and Jay-Z signed her on a single freestyle.
In 2004, Lady Sovereign was at the forefront of London's burgeoning grime scene, a self-professed "multi-talented munchkin" with a brilliant line in rude-girl wit. Grime failed to take off commercially, but Sov found an audience of sorts in the US, when Jay-Z signed her to his Def Jam label, where this album was released last year. Sadly, it fails to deliver on her early promise.