Public Warning

Common Sense Media says

Enchanting, self-revelatory, and explicit.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

All over the map ... alternately pissy and poignant.

Violence

A couple of references -- nothing really explicit.

Sex

Some sexy innuendo, stopping just short of explicit.

Language

The words "f--k" and "s--t" are used liberally and gleefully.

Consumerism

Plenty of products mentioned, including Adidas (she's addicted to them), Pernod, Barbies, Safeway, and McDonald's.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Quite a few references to drinking and drugs.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Lady Sovereign is one of the most refreshing new voices in popular music today. She's also a voice peppered with expletives, brand-name product placement, and references to drugs and drinking. But this is one case where the writing, performance, and presentation are worth a bit of discomfort and/or discussion.

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What's the story?

PUBLIC WARNING makes it clear that nothing about Lady Sovereign (aka Louise Harman) is ordinary. A terrific rapper, she's also tiny, English, clever, and in your face. Calling herself \"the white midget,\" she delivers rapid-fire lyrics with energy -- over marvelous instrumental tracks that veer wildly from minimalist rhythms to elaborate, circus-y themes and back again. \"My England\" is a sideways portrait of London, her home town: \"It ain't about the tea and biscuits/I'm one of the English misfits/I don't drink tea I drink spirits/and I talk a lot of slang in my lyrics,\" she sings, going on to rhyme \"crumpets\" with \"slum pits.\" In \"Those Were the Days,\" the Lady delivers a poignant and gritty picture of her childhood in the projects: \"Those days I'm missin'... back then well I kinda had less/but less was much better coz it saved a lot of stress.\"

Is it any good?

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The subject matter varies, but most of the songs are self-revelatory, self-deprecating, self-aware, and -- despite a heavy sprinkling of expletives, bathroom humor, and references to drugs and drinking -- absolutely charming. Throughout Public Warning Lady Sovereign lets us know, with intelligence, wit, and a loud raspberry, that she's here and she's not going away.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what makes Lady Sovereign different. She's not a voluptuous beauty, and she's outrageous and outspoken; it's obvious that she isn't capable of being anything but herself. What would it be like if more artists expressed their individuality this way? What sets her apart from her fellow hip-hop artists?

Music details

Artist:Lady Sovereign
Release date:October 31, 2006
Label:Def Jam
Genre:Rap
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Adult Written byhatewhatisbad April 9, 2008
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Teen, 13 years old Written byjada4eva April 9, 2008
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no topic

love me or hate me only has 1 cus word "if you hate me then f--k you" thats the only cus words but it is a part of life no sex songs but the cd is good i love listening to her song on the web,lady s. does her thing and she need to keep doing what she does cause her raps/pop songs are tight for a english girl?am i right?
Adult Written bySerenity Now April 9, 2008
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