Be sure to catch Santigold's set at The Warner Sound SXSW live streaming tonight at 11:10pm EST. http://sxsw.thewarnersound.com/
Santi White (the artist formerly known as Santogold) is putting out a new album and touring with a major act this year, and this might be a great way to get a good preview of what will be coming soon to a venue near you.
Philly's finest new music artist has been on a meteoric rise to fame ever since she sang for a local punk rock group called Stiffed. The bands two albums were produced by Bad Brains bassist Darryl Jenifer, and she made enough of an impression to land a solo contract from Lizard King Records.
It was only a matter of time before a new person had emerged in 2007 on the internet. It all came to fruition in April of 2008. With dope tracks like 'Creator' and 'Lights Out' - Santogold and her self titled debut album had made their mark on the music scene and a tour followed. After opening up for M.I.A. and Bjork, White's own Goldrush US tour was next. Upon completion, she opened up for Jay-Z and Kanye West. Santi even finished the tour by opening up for the Beastie Boys for a few concerts. That connection led to a great collaboration for the Beasties new Hot Sauce Committee Part Two album. Check out 'Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win'.
It was then in February of 2009 that tragedy struck. She had to turn Santogold into Santigold after a possible lawsuit with movie director Santo Victor Rigatuso, who had produced a movie titled Santo Gold's Blood Circus. Pretty lame if you ask me.
The second leg of the Goldrush tour wrapped up in August 2009 with an impressive Lollapalooza set in Chicago where she announced before leaving the stage that she was going to start work on a new album.
All stayed quiet until April 2011, when Santigold put out the jam 'Go!' (featuring the Yeah Yeah Yeahs Karen O). She produced the track along with Q-Tip, and the song got critical acclaim from NME magazine. That leads us to now.
Santi told us that Master of My Make-Believe will be dropped on April 23rd, and was recorded in part in Jamaica. The new album is being co-produced in part by TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek.
There has been a solo warm up show already on South Beach, and upcoming US leg dates opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers I'm With You tour.
Look for Miss White to likely play a short set tonight, taunting the likes of Lady Gaga and Katy Perry with current hit 'Big Mouth' from her highly anticipated album.
She probably wants to keep most of the rest of the album under wraps until it drops, all except the latest cut 'Disparate Youth'. Here's the video in case you haven't seen it yet.
P.S. Let's pray she plays her jaw dropping cover of Adele's 'Hometown Glory'. Here's her version from Radio One's Live Lounge so you can judge for yourself.
White doesn't mess around. She is kicking ass and taking names. Homegirl is sick of all the fake, phony, wanna be female artists (and artists in general) that can't keep it real. I agree with her - Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, J Lo, Katy Perry and others have got to (pardon the pun) go. I for one am looking forward to catching her with the Chili Peppers soon enough at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise!