Public Warning

Public Warning

3.8 7
by Lady Sovereign

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"Make way for the S-O-V!" That's the signature shout-out you'll hear hollered with plenty of B-girl bravado throughout Lady Sovereign's debut disc, Public Warning. Straight outta Wembley, England, Lady S. got her start blasting beats out over the Internet from her bedroom in the London suburb's Chalkhill Estates housing project, quickly becoming a sensation on


"Make way for the S-O-V!" That's the signature shout-out you'll hear hollered with plenty of B-girl bravado throughout Lady Sovereign's debut disc, Public Warning. Straight outta Wembley, England, Lady S. got her start blasting beats out over the Internet from her bedroom in the London suburb's Chalkhill Estates housing project, quickly becoming a sensation on the grime scene. Although she's been snapped up by Jay-Z and given the chance to record with Def-Jam dollars, the tracks found on Public Warning remain surprisingly true to their homespun roots, rendering the disc a sampler of snarky hip-hop ("Love Me or Hate Me") and rowdy party pop ("Random") -- not to mention the manic, ska-tinged tumble of the title track. Backed by the bottomed-out beats of her longtime partner in grime, DJ Frampster, Sov delivers her rhymes with a staccato snarl and a "Who, me?" smirk. Though she's clearly been influenced by idols Missy Elliott and the Beastie Boys, Lady Sovereign is an innovative talent who's about to break out, big-time. You've been warned.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
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. Thankfully Public Warning is stunning, better than the hype machine could ever paint it, with jaw-dropping, busy production and sharp, spunky lyrics that whiz by and back up this pint-sized rebel's serious b-girl stance. What's most brilliant is that despite the hype, and most likely because folks like the Neptunes are not on here, the album captures the talented rapper with only one foot out of her parent's flat, barely touched by the dreadful "music business" and one step above freestyles posted on U.K. garage message boards. Rules are still made to be broken, slang is slung all over the place, and belching into the mic is still fun, especially when your producer -- in this case, the razor-sharp Medasyn -- can shuffle it into an impossible mix that ping-pongs like the Streets in double-time. Sovereign is unmistakably an unposh Brit, and "My England" declares, "London ain't all crumpets and trumpets/It's one big slum pit." While some U.K. street slang requires a search engine to make sense to the non-Brit, her preference for playing her PS2 instead of going to a job and general slacker attitude are identifiable to dropouts everywhere. In fact, either the great "Hoodie" or the simple but effective "Love Me or Hate Me" could be a worldwide crunchy-people anthem, and relating to "Tango" is easy if you've ever known some dreadful beautiful person who fake-tanned until they were horribly, entirely orange. The arc of the album shows some mercy for the U.K. rap novice, easing the listener in with smoother tracks before the Chingy-biting "Random" ("Some English MCs getting' twisted/Saying cookies instead of biscuits") and the hyper title track ("I'm that walking dictionary, I'm that talking thesaurus/I'm that old-school prehistoric Soversaurus") ramp up to the raw and whirlwind middle section. The only time the album feels anything close to forced or touched by posh hands is when a concession is made for the Yanks and when Missy Elliott is needlessly tacked onto the "Love Me or Hate Me" remix. Otherwise, Def Jam stays wisely out of Sov and Medasyn's way, and the thrilling tracks are just enough dog, just enough leash. It's something her hardcore fans are well aware of, since the bulk of the album has been available previously on indie 12"s and EPs. For them, Public Warning is a slight disappointment, a mere compilation with a handful of new tracks. For everyone else, it's an exciting introduction to an extraordinary artist captured at just the right time.
Lady Sovereign combines the digitized, dance-hall-driven flavor of Britain's grime scene with the sinuous swagger of stateside rap. Will Dukes

Product Details

Release Date:
Def Jam


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lady Sovereign   Primary Artist
Edmund Cavill   Guitar
Adam "DJ Am" Goldstein   scratching
Nathan "Tugg" Curran   Drums
Mikey Cusik   Bass Guitar
Jonas Jalhay   Guitar
Gabriel Olegavich   Synthesizer,Guitar,Drums
Jamie Teasedale   Synthesizer

Technical Credits

Steve Osborne   Producer,Engineer
Basement Jaxx   Programming,Producer
Louis Marino   Art Direction
Dante Ross   Producer
Danny Harrison   Composer
Josh Wilbur   Engineer
Zak Biddu   Management
Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald   Composer
Lady Sovereign   Composer
Carol Corless   Package Production
DJ Frampster   Cut
Josh Eilbur   Engineer
Menta   Producer
Gabriel Olegavich   Composer
Lukasz Gottwald   Composer

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Public Warning 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago the WORST CD EVER (and I dont even own it...thank god)!! I want to strangle this girl, her voice is like nails on a chalkboard and she cant speak. Okay, it's "Thank you" not "Fang goo" (which is what it sounds like she's saying), and it's not "Dunce" or "Sang" it's "DANCE" and "SING". Either learn to speak english or quit talking lady. All I really have to say is this: Lady Sovereign, I dont love you...and neither does anyone else and someone does need to "DEPORT" not "DEPOT" you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What can I say -- I can't stop listening to this one! The hooks are infectious, the beats are bombastic, and Sov knows how to spit. Period.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In reference to the last reviewer - she's singing in her own voice & natural accent. Wanting everyone to speak 'proper' and exactly the same is backward and bigoted, not to mention boring. This is 2006, we're supposed to be over that class crap. I recommend this - I saw her on tv and, me being a short white female could relate tho you don't have to be one to enjoy this, good, catchy songs & fun lyrics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I agree with the review before me... get over the fact that she isn't speaking "proper" english!! Her accent is what makes the cd sound so different. She has amusing lyrics and a good beat in every song. Her cd is great to jam along to in the car or rock out on your ipod. If you like pop, hip-hop or anything that's on the radio, then you will love her!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This totally goes to the reveiw ahead of me. Uhm, Shes english so she can't talk like you do! So get over it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't like rap, but I rather like the Lady S. Her Brit Accent is rather tough and the rhymes are cute. If you pay attention to the rhymes, you will find that they are funny. Relax and enjoy, that is pretty much what this Lady is trying to tell you to do... basically get your head out of your posterior and just enjoy life as it comes to you.
Brother_Stein More than 1 year ago
Some people are going to love this album, and it will drive other people up the wall. I fall in the former group. I love the way the Lady uses electronics to sculpt her voice without resorting to the auto-tune that is ubiquitous in pop music these days. Lady S.O.V. is a shameless self-promoter, but the whole package is unique.