Music aficionados are just as hyped as I am about the return of Ms. Dynamite. She unofficially released her first single since her 2005 album release, Judgment Days. "Bad Gyal" was dropped on BBC radio where adoring fans recorded and reloaded the whole minute and some change teaser up on the Internet for everyone to ravage. The track was produced by garage don "Sticky Booo!" Stickey. It sounds as if M.I.A and some serious dancehall riddim married and had a lyrical baby, a true bundle of joy.
Salaam “The Chameleon” Remi --pronounced "ray me"-- produced Ms. Dynamite's phenomenal debut album, A Little Deeper, which reached number 10 on the UK charts back in ‘03. How does one sum up Remi in anything less than a novel? He's worked with veterans like Santana and Nas as well as newbies Jazmine Sullivan and Chrisette Michelle. Mr. Remi was the mastermind behind that track for the Fugees no one could seem to get off the tip of their tongue: "Fu-Gee-La." Amy Winehouse's platinum selling debut album, Frank, had his name written all over it, not only as a producer, but as a song-writer as well. His pops was a music man himself. Van Gibbs found a nice cozy spot arranging, producing, leading bands, and playing guitar for artists like Harry Belafonte and Gloria Gaynor. As my Uncle Jerry would say in his fast talking, dirty Southern accent, "That's sum good blood right thar."
Ms. Dynamite has yet to release word on when the new album is set to drop or exactly who else is working on the production side, but rumor has it there is a larger two-step grime influence than her previous works. The hard core grime scene in the UK is somewhat similar to the Miami Bass scene here in the states. It disappeared from the radar for some time, but back in the 80's and the 90's it was often referred to as "booty music" or "dirty rap," with Luke and 2 Live Crew as the poster boys. We've recently seen the emergence of Miami Bass in mainstream success thanks to artists like Diplo, who fuses it together with his southern roots, trip hop and reggae dub. Grime or no grime, I'm excited about Ms. Dynamite's return to the spotlight. Apparently, Lily Allen is too. The rebellious youngster with a tutu said it brought her tears of utter happiness to hear about the impending return Ms. Dynamite. Lady Sovereign, my next subject, is equally excited. She can attest to knowing a little something about that grime scene I mentioned, especially because she reps as the only white female rapper to emerge into the spotlight from the tight knit circle.
Lady Sovereign was signed to Def Jam back in 2005 by Jay-Z after he made her drop acapella freestyle for him. She was the first white female MC ever signed to the label. Her debut album, Public Warning, dropped in October of '06 and introduced her to international recognition. The video for the song "Love Me or Hate Me" reached #1 on the US (and original) version of MTV's Total Request Live, making her the first British artist to ever do so. The 5 ft 1, pint-size Londoner with a fiercely independent creative spirit says she's never been your average rapper. If I had to describe her sound, I'd say Lady Sovereign is like Missy Elliot on pop rocks and hot tamales: rebelliously witty, sporty spiced, and relentlessly unattached to the social standards of femininity and sexuality. Her new album, Jigsaw, drops in the US on April 7th and April 13th in the UK on her very own label Miget Records. Her hit new single "So Human" samples what I believe is The Cure's 1985 smash "Close to Me" from The Head on The Door album. The first single from Jigsaw, "I Got You Dancing" dropped late last year with a fun packed video which happily marries a Crayola box out of School House Rock with urban street life. Just had to post. Till next time... chew the corners off.
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