Ever since Amy was sniffed out like Tanqueray and Lily sang about pimps and crack whores, gobby women have revved the engine of pop music. In 2008 - after 11 years of trying - it's the turn of Imani Coppola, the corkscrew-curled frontwoman of New York duo Little Jackie. Back in 1997, Coppola should have been the future of pop. Born in Long Island and raised on welfare by an African-American mother and Italian father, she gave up a career as an unlikely violin prodigy when her Donovan-sampling debut single, Legend of a Cowgirl, became an international radio and MTV hit.
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