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NYC’s queen of cool Santigold on the musical tastes she inherited from her dad, her career start and how to earn respect as a female artist.
Prior to 2007, Santi White’s biggest impact on the music industry happened in the background, as the Philadelphia-raised artist worked as a major label A&R rep and wrote songs for other artists. She also logged time as the frontwoman of punk outfit Stiffed, but eventually left the group to pursue a solo career. In 2008, White issued her self-titled debut LP as _(artist-name)Santigold_, which featured production and guest appearances from _(artist-name)Diplo_, Switch, _(artist-name)Sinden_, Disco D and Radioclit, amongst others, while combining bits of new wave, reggae, punk, electro, soul, funk, dancehall and more into a particularly compelling post-everything stew. The critically acclaimed record quickly found an audience, and White received a further boost when a Diplo-helmed mixtape, _(album-title)Top Ranking_, surfaced just a few months later. Since then, she's continued to work with a wide range of all-star collaborators - she appeared on a _(artist-name)Beastie Boys_ single in 2011, and her 2012 sophomore album _(album-title)Master of My Make-Believe_ included contributions from _(artist-name)Karen O_, _(artist-name)Q-Tip_, Dave Sitek, _(artist-name)Boys Noize_ and others. The third Santigold album, _(album-title)99¢_, is arriving in early 2016, and once again finds the shapeshifting pop chameleon enlisting a diverse crew, including _(artist-name)iLoveMakonnen_, Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij, _(artist-name)Hit Boy_ and numerous others. Without question, White’s rolodex runs deep, but what’s truly impressive is how she’s managed to develop and maintain such a singular artistic voice, regardless of who she’s working with.