By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  October 20, 2006

Despite the inclusion of tracks from Vertically Challenged, that excitement fuels the broader Public Warning, which ranges from the chopped up hard-rock dis “Tango” to the delirious, Basement Jaxx–produced dance number, “Hoodie.” It’s reminiscent of early rap albums like the forgotten 1988 delight The Real Roxanne (Select), back when hip-hop was still a raw, uncensored reinvention of pop. So whereas crunk artists spray the club with fake bullets and even Run the Road opens with gun blasts, Lady Sovereign drops homely lines like the one about letting her hamster die because she ignored it.

“Well, see, the thing is, yeah, I accidentally forgot to leave my key with my sister, and I had to go away for a week. Ah, yeah. I came back and it was just rock hard. I didn’t mean it, though. Like, I felt badly about it.”

She sounds sincere. But I can also tell she enjoys hearing me laugh anyway.

LADY SOVEREIGN + YOUNG LOVE | Paradise Rock Club, 967 Comm Ave, Boston | October 26 | 617.228.6000

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