Based on this teaser to her 2006 album, Lady Sovereign will earn the shine. She balances requisite rap bravado with charming self-deprecation. Her quicksilver-tongued verbals bubble like gossip from an overamped teenage girl, but they're tempered with East London street hardness. Vertically Challenged features bunker-busting bass plunges and splatterings of antique video-game FX, but otherwise it conforms more to electro-funk's 4/4 than to grime's frantic, awkwardly clipped beats. Despite its brevity, Vertically Challenged is short on neither excitement nor promise.
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