Lady Sovereign talks about Def Jam departure

Rapper says she was depressed and 'lost the plot'

Lady Sovereign has spoken out about her departure from Def Jam records.

The rapper, who was signed by Jay-Z for the US label in 2005, left after touring the States with Gwen Stefani.

Speaking to the Guardian, the star explained she got fed up of playing the same songs, so she decided to go on strike.


She said: “I went on strike and stopped doing stuff, so Def Jam got the hump with me.”

She continued saying: “I lost the plot a few times. I was cutting myself and stupid things like that. I was tired. I felt like it was just push, push, push. I didn’t have a chance to record any new stuff, it was the same old songs.”

Lady Sovereign went on to explain the 2008 departure was a mutual decision.

She admitted: “It just had to be done, for their sake, for my sake. It wasn’t messy, it was just … gone.”

Afterwards, she revealed she became depressed and was prescribed anti-depressants – one night she even took an overdose of the pills – however, luckily she rung some friends and was rushed to hospital.

“It was the lowest I’ve ever been in my life,” she remembered.


But now Lady Sovereign is back with her second album ‘Jigsaw’, which is set to be released on her own imprint Midget Records on EMI, and is feeling positive.

“I’m determined and excited,” she said. “This is never going to stop; I’ll keep making music, I’ll keep doing my own thing. I’m not a one-trick pony.”