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As a solo project with a revolving door of members, the heart and face of Santigold is vivacious frontwoman Santi White. White and John Hill, her former counterpart from ska-punk band Stiffed, use their common backgrounds as production-savvy musicians to make bombastic, bass-oriented songs that fuse punk, reggae, grime, and indie rock with electro. Tribal island rhythms merge with flavorful digital chirps and blips, culminating in an original sound that is comparable to M.I.A. but draws from too many other influences to be considered just another M.I.A. knockoff. While showcasing her array of vocal styles at a Stiffed show, White was spotted by Martin Heath, who made her an offer to record a solo record on Lizard King, the label responsible for the successful promotion of the Killers. After failed attempts with a few mainstream pop producers, White and Hill (now calling the project Santogold) decided to pair up with a crew of like-minded musicians -- including Freq Nasty, Disco D, Switch, Spank Rock's Naeem, Xxxchange, Steel Pulse guitarist Clifford Moonie Pusey, and none other than M.I.A. herself. In only three weeks, the full-length Creator was completed and scheduled for release in January of 2008, though it took until April for the album (retitled simply Santogold) to actually hit shelves. She spent time supporting headlining acts ranging from Coldplay to Jay-Z for the rest of the year. Then White decided to change the name of the project to Santigold in early 2009 for reasons related to an impending lawsuit from wrestler and "personality" Santo Gold. Although a follow-up under the new name was not immediately forthcoming, she kept busy featuring on tracks by N.A.S.A. (The Spirit of Apollo), Beastie Boys (Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2), and the Lonely Island (Turtleneck & Chain). She started recording solo again in January 2010. Once the dynamic sophomore follow-up was completed, the release date was delayed when she briefly joined and left Jay-Z's Roc-a-Fella Records, but eventually she signed with Atlantic Records, and Master of My Make-Believe was unveiled in April of 2012. ~ Jason Lymangrover
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  1.   Song
  2.   Lights Out
  3.   Disparate Youth
  4.   L.E.S. Artistes
  5.   Creator
  6.   The Keepers
  7.   Go by Karen O
  8.   Can't Get Enough of Myself by B.C.
  9.   I'm a Lady
  10.   Shove It
  11.   Big Mouth
  12.   Starstruck
  13.   Anne
  14.   The Riot's Gone
  15.   You'll Find a Way
  16.   Freak Like Me
  17.   Shove It Featuring Spank Rock
  18.   My Drive Thru featuring Julian Casablancas
  19.   Radio
  20.   God from the Machine
  21.   Unstoppable
  22.   Shooting Arrows at the Sky
  23.   Say Aha
  24.   Fame
  25.   Say Aha
  26.   Look at These Hoes
  27.   Kicking Down Doors
  28.   My Superman
  29.   Girls
  30.   This Isn't Our Parade
  31.   Pirate in the Water
  32.   Shove It
  33.   Your Voice
  34.   Hometown Glory
  35.   Lights Out
  36.   Mesopotamia by The B-52's
  37.   [CD-ROM Track]
  38.   Who Be Lovin Me

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