Lady Sovereign's Def Jam Nightmare
No doubt about it, Lady Sovereign's debut album turned her into an international star.
The pint-sized UK rapper had tracks like 'Hoodie' all over radio, was signed to Def Jam Records and supported Gwen Stefani on tour throughout the US. Basically, she had it made. Only problem was, she hated the whole ordeal.
Three years on and with a new album about to drop, Lady Sovereign has spoken about her ill-fated stint at Def Jam and how it led her to self-harm and anti-depressants.
"I went on strike and stopped doing stuff, so Def Jam got the hump with me", she told The Guardian. "I lost the plot a few times. I was cutting myself and stupid things like that. I was tired. I felt like it was just push, push, push. I didn't have a chance to record any new stuff, it was the same old songs".
Having now had a chance to regroup, set up her own label and record a follow-up record ('Jigsaw’), Sov is feeling much better about everything. "I'm determined and excited. This is never going to stop; I'll keep making music, I'll keep doing my own thing. I'm not a one-trick pony".