Metro – Chicago, IL
May 14, 2009
England’s favorite pint-sized female rapper Lady Sovereign is back! With her new sophomore album Jigsaw to promote, Lady Sovereign hit up the Metro in Chicago last month while in the midst of her U.S. tour. I was under the assumption that her touring crew, band, and DJ would also hail from overseas. However, Lady Sov had DJ Annalyze from right here in Chicago with her on stage spinning the tracks and providing the beats. One of the highlights of Lady Sovereign’s set was during her performance of “Jigsaw,” the title track off her new record. This particular song marks the first time Sov has tried singing on a song versus straight-up rapping. And yes folks, she likes it. But honestly, don’t all rappers give singing a try even if they know they can’t sing? Ahem…Eminem and Kanye West anyone? Another shocker of the evening was when Lady Sovereign busted out a cover of Metro Station’s hit “Shake It.” Although I did not understand where that idea came from, I love that song and was more than happy to sing along to what must be the simplest hook in pop music of last year.
Heineken was the chosen alcoholic beverage during the concert, with Sov picking up her bottle of beer in between almost every song in her too-short set. Not to be misconstrued as displaying anything resembling “ladylike” behavior, Sov enjoyed spraying the front row (and us photographers in the pit) with her Heineken/saliva combo quite a few times before the night was over. Throughout the show, the audience never gave up on cheering on their beloved punk princess of British-accented rap with choruses of “SOV! SOV! SOV!” I personally was quite amused by some random guy (and die-hard fan) with a T-shirt he must have designed for Sov and would NOT stop holding it up and waving it around! Whoever was standing behind this dude did not have a chance in hell of securing a good view of the petite Brit popping around on stage. “Love Me Or Hate Me,” the mega-hit song that put Lady Sovereign on the map here in the States back in 2006, was the last song she performed before exiting the stage to prep for the set’s encore. This girl had so much energy, I only wish she could have played a longer set. Can’t wait to see her next time she comes through town! More photos of Lady Sovereign after the jump…
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