Get past Britspeak's bum-steered air of sophistication and see London's Lady Sovereign for the mallpunk she is. The 19-year-old MC spits, cusses, crotch-grabs, breaks stuff, worships vomit, and loves to piss. Knowing well her age and gender and cutesy sidepull 'do grant her jester-like impunity, Sov slings shots at artists bigger (and bigger) than she is: Her New York debut set digged on Gwen Stefani, Chingy, and Jentina, a one-hit U.K. prefab only known stateside because of Sov's vicious dis on her, "Sad Ass Strippah": "You was born in a caravan/That don't make you ghetto/I seen more ghetto in Posh Spice's stiletto." Sov fancies herself a Feminem, some nails-hard trailer-park prima donna impervious to her own backdraft, shutting down the heckler crowd with sex talk far creepier than what they've heaved at her, throwing tantrums when her beats skip, contorting her face for laughs when she senses the crowd's bored, announcing, "I have to puke," then leaving the stage with her hand on... More >>>
By photo: Kate Englund
So how long can she get away with all this shit, anyway? She's almost 20!