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My Pioneers: Santigold's Favourite Albums
Tara Joshi , October 10th, 2018 07:44

In this week's Baker's Dozen, Santigold takes Tara Joshi through 13 favourite albums from Salt-N-Pepa to the Cocteau Twins, Fela Kuti, Nina Simone and Bad Brains, and points out that while Morrissey might have gone wrong, you can't take away what his songs once gave her


Salt-N-Pepa - A Salt With A Deadly Pepa
I started writing lyrics because I wanted to be a rapper when I was nine, ten years old. Around that time I think I bought Salt-N-Pepa's records, it was one of my first records and I literally wanted to look just like them. They were so exciting – like the whole flygirl thing was huge in Philadelphia, where I grew up. And so I cut my hair, got like one of those asymmetrical cuts, I got these huge gold earrings that say 'Santi' which I still have, I got a leather trench coat and tried to wear biker shorts – but I was so skinny at the time I would get dissed by guys. There were not a lot of women rappers: it was them, MC Lyte, and Queen Latifah, and they fucking killed it. I would literally write rap after rap to try and be like Salt-N-Pepa and that's how I learned to write lyrics.