Benefits Street star White Dee confirms release of rap record 'Your To Blame’ (yes, spelled like that) on Tuesday

The Channel 4 docu-drama matriach is indeed set to take to the charts

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Benefits Street matriarch White Dee had previously dismissed claims that she’s turned down a record deal that would see her become a rapper.

But it seems the TV star could have been playing coy about the rumours as, her spokesperson has confirmed, she has one such project coming out as early as Tuesday.

“She’s got a rap record coming out on Tuesday,” her manager Barry Tomes told The Independent.

“There is big speculation she’ll make a lot of money out of it, but there’s nine people in the band, so that’s split nine ways.

“The band’s called XOVA, they’re a sort of UB40-style band from Birmingham. And she raps on the vocals.”

The single, called “Your To Blame” (spelt wrongly deliberately, apparently), will make its radio debut on Free Radio at 9am on Tuesday 1 April afternoon, and be available for digital download immediately afterwards.


“She will receive royalties for the track, but the record company has to recoup its losses, so she probably won’t see any of the money for at least another six months,” he added.

The artwork, which you can see above, features ‘White Dee From The Streets’ and her merry band of reggae-influenced musicians posing outside a white building:

Dee with XOVA cd front.jpg

On their official Facebook page, the band describe themselves thusly: “Xova we feel are the most and probably the first un-genrespecifc band in the world who live for their live shows and crowd and to get the one remaining question answered… Why on earth aren’t this band signed ! But we believe … Some-one in the industry is going to catch on real soon… It’s just a matter of time !!!”


How do they sound? Well, like “Pop- reggae-soul-rock-world-folk-RnB and maybe tomorrow a bit of …?”, according to themselves, with a brass section “tighter than a knat’s a**e”.

They’ve got a string of live dates coming up across the UK later this year, as well as a new EP that features tracks such as “Yeah Yeah Yeah”, “Goodbye” and “Whatever”.

We can confirm that, while on the surface this does seem like an elaborate April Fools’ ruse, we have heard a short 30-second preview of “Your To Blame”. And it’s actually not bad.

With a bouncing, dub-infused rhythm layered with a whooping crowd sample, Dee deftly raps the following, rather touching, lyrics:

“Lay my cards on the table for the critics to see/No cards unturned, you can’t judge me/Everything I’ve done I’ve done to survive/Or done for my kids, give them better lives/See, I’m not too old to have dreams.”

If it is a joke, then hats off to Dee and XOVA – they’ve gone to one hell of an effort. And it’s already awaiting your downloads on iTunes here, too.