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Lady Sovereign

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Born Louise Amanda Harman in Wembley, Lady Sovereign was raised on the Chalkhill estate. When she was 13, after having a liking for popular 90s artist, Ms. Dynamite, she started practicing rapping in the mirror with a hair brush. She left school when she was 16 and at the age of 17 she became one of the UK’s few white female MCs. She has been cited often as part of the rising British grime scene, and has received outside appreciation from moviegoers for her relation to Rupert Grint. Lady Sovereign cites Ms. Dynamite as an influence.

Lady Sovereign now resides in North London, England.

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Lady Sovereign first received attention when she recorded “The Battle”, a freestyle girls versus boys battle rap with Shystie, Suz Rock and Frost P. Each rapper who participated in the recording of “The Battle” has since been signed to a record deal.

Lady Sovereign signed to Island Def Jam Music Group in 2005, after auditioning for Def Jam Recordings president and CEO, Jay-Z and The Island Def Jam Music Group chairman, Antonio “L.A.” Reid.

Shortly afterwards, “Random” was released. This was followed by “9 to 5” which entered the UK Top 40 at number 33. The follow-up single, “Hoodie” - produced by dance act Basement Jaxx - failed to reach the top 40, peaking at number 44. Lady Sovereign has since recorded with Adrock from the American rap group the Beastie Boys and American producer Dr. Luke.

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