Public Warning - Lady Sovereign
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

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  • Summary: The South London grime artist becomes Def Jam's very first female MC with the release of this solo debut LP.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
  1. From production to persona, rhymes to flow, Public Warning is almost flawless.
  2. The lyrics here are a lacerating mix of blue collar bile and blue language, little Lady Muck simultaneously waging class and crass warfare.
  3. An exciting introduction to an extraordinary artist captured at just the right time.
  4. 70
    A gleeful, idiosyncratic pastiche. [Nov 2006, p.156]
  5. For every moment that Sov's supreme wit and impeccable cadence is fitfully showcased on Public Warning!, there is a moment when her gifts are squandered amidst anxious beats that try to compete with her huge personality.
  6. Even if Sov doesn't live up to the hype, there is enough quality material on Public Warning to warrant more music from the self-proclaimed "biggest midget in the game."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 7 out of 20
  1. Aug 18, 2010
    10
    Some really amazing songs on it. Pretty energetic. Rhymes and flow are great. A lot of catchy tunes that actually have sense. "Those were the days" is my absolute favorite. Expand
  2. steffy
    Feb 4, 2007
    10
    totally rad
  3. MarieR
    Jan 10, 2007
    9
    Thank god for Lady Sov! SO nice to see a non-Barbie-lookin chick on the charts who truly kicks a*s ands has fun doing it! I am blown away by her incredible rapping skill and awesome lyrics. And she doesn't take herself oh-so-seriously like so many artists do. Expand
  4. Laury
    Oct 30, 2006
    7
    She's brash and fun, but does she have the credibilty to be the female Eminem? I seriously doubt it. Her music will most certainly appeal to 14 year-olds, but somehow I don't see this lightweight kind of rap being played in Harlem or places like that. Expand
  5. JG
    Jan 18, 2007
    5
    Ultimately not enough new material for those who knew she was before she went to America. I also feel shes dummed down some of the tracks for the States moved away from Grime and dark garage beats in favour of 10 a penny beats. But still, I think she got skills, but needs the right canvas Expand
  6. ErikH
    Dec 9, 2006
    0
    Absolute garbage. Ken B, please refrain from ever comparing this to artist like Dizzee Rascal (btw nice work spelling his name wrong) and the Streets. Their music has real credibility. It isn't dumbed-down-wannabe-grime-commercial-filtered to-appea- to-tweens-shit like this nonsense. Expand
  7. ashs
    Jul 27, 2007
    0
    i genuinely believe she should be shot for the utter travesty which is her and her (for want of a better word) music.

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