Santogold life and biography

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Santogold biography

Date of birth : 1976-09-25
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,U.S.
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2012-03-29
Credited as : Singer-songwriter, Producer, Master of My Make-Believe

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Santi White, better known by her stage name Santigold (formerly Santogold), is an American songwriter, producer, and pop singer. Her debut album Santogold was released to positive reviews in 2008. Her new album Master of My Make-Believe is announced for spring 2012.

Her debut album, Santogold, was issued in April 2008. It was conceived with fellow Stiffed member John Hill.The record featured appearances and production work from Chuck Treece, Diplo and Switch amongst others. Santogold was hailed by both Entertainment Weekly and Spin. "L.E.S. Artistes" was placed at number two on Rolling Stone 's Singles of the Year, while Santogold was sixth on their albums of the year list. "Creator", along with "Lights Out",appeared in commercials in the United States 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 and NME.To promote her debut album, Santi toured with M.I.A. and Björk. In June 2008, Coldplay invited her to be their opening act in the U.S.Santi's own US tour was called Goldrush Tour. After the tour's completion, she supported Jay-Z and Kanye West on a number of their shows and then The Streets at BBC's Electric Proms. She finished the tour opening for Beastie Boys for a few concerts.

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.

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

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".

Santi announced that the follow-up of Santogold would be out in spring 2012 : it was recorded in part in Jamaica. Talking to Billboard, she described her forthcoming album as "sonically eclectic but with some epic curveballs thrown into the mix". It was co-produced in part with TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek. The singer said about her new record Master of My Make-Believe : "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". "Big Mouth", the first track and video from the album was issued in late January as a free download.

During the first months of 2012, Santi is set to tour as opener on the U.S. leg of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' I'm with You tour. In February, an animated video for "Disparate Youth" was uploaded to Santi's official YouTube channel, 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.The album Master of My Make-Believe is out on the 23rd of April.

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. Santi also went on to co-compose and produce a majority of Res' album How I Do in 2001. White later appeared on the song "Stay in Line" on GZA's 2002 album, Legend of the Liquid Sword.That same year, a track called "Brooklyn Go Hard", produced by Kanye West contained a sample of Santigold's track "Shove It". It appeared on the soundtrack to The Notorious B.I.G. biopic Notorious. 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. "Brooklyn Go Hard" debuted on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at number 62.

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.

2008: Santogold
2012: Master of My Make-Believe

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