Chuck Arnold, Ralph Novak, and Monique Jessen
November 20, 2006 12:00 PM

SOUNDS OFF

Signed to hip-hop label Def Jam, British rapper Lady Sovereign (real name: Louise Harman), 20, has invaded the States with her CD Public Warning featuring the hit “Love Me or Hate Me.”

ON AUDITIONING FOR DEF JAM CEO JAY-Z He flew me over first-class, which was nice, but the food wasn’t. A bit fancy—caviar and all. [At Def Jam] I was shaking, literally shaking. Then Jay-Z walks in and says, “So, can you spit some lyrics?” I’m in front of all these people [including Usher] and it took me about 10 minutes to actually do it. I couldn’t wait to get out of there.

ON HOW SHE GOT HER NAME I was sitting in this guy’s house. I just see this ring sitting in the corner of the room, and back then I couldn’t afford jewelry. I put it on my finger, and I was smoking Sovereign cigarettes at the same time, and it was like, “Well, I’m Lady Sovereign now.”

ON WEARING A TRACKSUIT TO HER SISTER’S WEDDING My sister was p——off. The other two bridesmaids had dresses on, and I’m walking down the aisle in my tracksuit. I refused to chuck flowers as well. I wasn’t even elegantly walking. I was sort of semi-hopping down the aisle.

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