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Santi White (born September 25, buy viagra 1976), prescription better known by her stage name Santigold (formerly Santogold),[6] is an American songwriter, producer, and singer. Her debut album Santogold was released to positive reviews in 2008.[7][8] Her new album Master of My Make-Believe is announced for spring 2012.[9]


Early life

Santi White attended Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and then later attended college at Wesleyan University, where she double-majored in Music and African-American studies. The artist got her pseudonym in the 1990s from a friend’s nickname for her.[10] She worked for Epic Records as an A&R representative, but left the position to co-write and executive produce How I Do, the debut album from the singer Res.[11]

White was the singer of the Philadelphia-based punk rock band Stiffed,[12] whose 2003 album, Sex Sells, and 2005 album, Burned Again, were produced by Bad Brains bassist Darryl Jenifer.[13] While in this group, she was offered a solo contract by Martin Heath of Lizard King Records.[14]

Santogold : 2007-10

Her initial singles “Creator” and “L.E.S. Artistes” received attention from Internet media in 2007.[15]

Her debut album, Santogold, was issued in April 2008. It was conceived with fellow Stiffed member John Hill.[16][17] The record featured appearances and production work from Chuck Treece, Diplo and Switch amongst others.[18] Santogold was hailed by both Entertainment Weekly and Spin.[7][17] “L.E.S. Artistes” was placed at number two on Rolling Stone ‘s Singles of the Year,[19] while Santogold was sixth on their albums of the year list.[20] “Creator”, along with “Lights Out”,[21] appeared in commercials in the United States[22][23] and in the United Kingdom.

During the summer, the singer released on CD a mixtape called Top Ranking: A Diplo Dub which was well received by Pitchfork[24] and NME.[25]

Santigold at Eurockéennes, July 5, 2008

To promote her debut album, Santi toured with M.I.A. and Björk.[18] In June 2008, Coldplay invited her to be their opening act in the U.S.[26] Santi’s own US tour was called Goldrush Tour.[27] After the tour’s completion, she supported Jay-Z and Kanye West on a number of their shows[28][29] and then The Streets at BBC’s Electric Proms.[30] She finished the tour opening for Beastie Boys for a few concerts.[31]

In February 2009, White announced that she changed her initial stage name to Santigold for reasons related to a possible lawsuit from director Santo Victor Rigatuso, who produced the movie Santo Gold’s Blood Circus.[32]

The second leg of the tour finished in August 2009 at the Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago.[33] Billboard noted that she “delivered a bright set and drew a headliner-sized audience” for a late afternoon concert.[33] Before leaving the stage, she announced she was preparing to compose for another album.[33]

Master of My Make-Believe : 2011–present

In 2011, Santi published the song “Go!” which featured Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The track was produced by Switch, Q-Tip and Santigold herself. NME praised it as a “brittle and brilliant brawler of a track” with “great reverberating militaristic kettle-drum booms”.[34]

Santi announced that the follow-up of Santogold would be out in spring 2012 : it was recorded in part in Jamaica.[9] Talking to Billboard, she described her forthcoming album as “sonically eclectic but with some epic curveballs thrown into the mix”.[35] It was co-produced in part with TV on the Radio‘s Dave Sitek.[9] The singer said about her new record Master of My Make-Believe :[9] “I want it to be about creating your own reality. I have a song called “The Keepers”: “we’re the keepers, while we sleep in America our house is burning down”.[9] “Big Mouth”, the first track and video from the album was issued in late January as a free download.[36] During the first months of 2012, Santi is set to tour as opener on the U.S. leg of the Red Hot Chili PeppersI’m with You tour.[37] In February, an animated video for “Disparate Youth” was uploaded to Santi’s official YouTube channel,[38] as the first single of the album. “Disparate Youth” was also issued via ITunes in the U.S and a UK version with several remixes is released on the 8th of April.[38] The album Master of My Make-Believe is out on the 23rd of April.[39]


Besides her own work, Santi White (a.k.a Santigold) has also collaborated with a number of other artists. She co-wrote the title track for GZA‘s 1999 album Beneath the Surface, which featured Res.[40] Santi also went on to co-compose and produce a majority of Res’ album How I Do in 2001.[11] White later appeared on the song “Stay in Line” on GZA’s 2002 album, Legend of the Liquid Sword.[41]

In 2007, White also appeared on Mark Ronson‘s Version, performing on a cover of The Jam‘s “Pretty Green”, in her first performance credited as Santogold. Santi co-wrote Lily Allen‘s “Littlest Things” with Ronson,[23] and co-composed for Ashlee Simpson with Kenna, including the lead single “Outta My Head (Ay Ya Ya)“.[42]

In 2008, she recorded a song with N.E.R.D‘s Pharrell Williams and The StrokesJulian Casablancas for Converse.[43] Santi explained that the musicians recorded the song separately and did “their own separate thing”, “so it ends up being just this weird long song with sort of everybody with lots of their own personalities separate.”[44] The song, “My Drive Thru“, was available for free on Converse’s website.

That same year, a track called “Brooklyn Go Hard“, produced by Kanye West contained a sample of Santigold’s track “Shove It”.[45] It appeared on the soundtrack to The Notorious B.I.G. biopic Notorious.[46] The song was also released as a download via subscription to (RED)Wire, with a portion of the profits going towards Bono‘s Product Red organization.[47] “Brooklyn Go Hard” debuted on Billboards Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at number 62.[48]

In 2009, she also sang on the track “Whachadoin?” with M.I.A., Nick Zinner, and Spank Rock for DJ collective N.A.S.A.‘s debut album, The Spirit of Apollo,[49] as well as a song entitled “Gifted” with Kanye West and Lykke Li.[50] She then collaborated with Basement Jaxx‘s on their Scars album : she did vocals on the song “Saga”.

In 2010, Santigold, alongside Switch and Sam Endicott of The Bravery, helped write the Christina Aguilera songs “Monday Morning” and “Bobblehead” for the album, Bionic.

In 2011, she appeared on the Beastie Boys album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, and was featured on the track “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win“. She also took part on The Lonely Island‘s 2011 album Turtleneck & Chain : she sang on the track “After Party”. White collaborated with Spank Rock on “Car Song”, for his album Everything Is Boring And Everyone Is A Fucking Liar. In 2012, Santigold is supposedly releasing a song featuring Earl Sweatshirt,of OFWGKTA, as confirmed by her and Earl’s tweets and Pitchfork.

In 2012, Santi was one of the guests on Amadou & Mariam‘s album, Folila : she was featured on the track “Dougou Badia”.[51]

Style and influences

Santigold at Koko, London, 08/2008

White’s style has been compared often to that of M.I.A.[52] White said of the M.I.A. comparison that they are both “women who have similar influences and have worked with some of the same people,” but that her “music is different and she wasn’t influenced by what the press was saying”, adding “I can’t think of anybody who would be a better fit of somebody who I’m like… I think what’s accurate about that comparison is that she’s an artist who has loads of different influences… and is putting things together in a way that’s unexpected and genreless.”[18][53] Santigold and her friend Amanda Blank have been described as being part of “a new crop of young, multicultural, female acts in the wake of M.I.A. causing a stir on the internet and in indie-label conference rooms.”[54] White also stated her liking for new wave music,[18] and added that “My Superman” is an interpolation of a Siouxsie and the Banshees‘ song, “Red Light“.[55] Santigold has stated that she is inspired by 1980s pop music. “I felt that a lot of pop music from the ’80s had a depth to it, and I hope to bring back some more good pop songs.”[18] The singer cites Devo as her “ultimate favorite band”.[56] White also grew up listening to a lot of reggae, jazz, Fela Kuti and Nigerian music; her main influences are James Brown and Aretha Franklin.[57]


Main article: Santigold discography






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