Observations: Grime album is no blonde joke

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The Independent Online

With her striking image and soulful sound, Lauren Mason has challenged the stereotype of the typical shouting grimeMCwho likes to wearNike and New Era apparel.

The 24-year-old singer songwriter from Essex uses the slogan “blonde grime” to explain what she is all about. “At first I was never Lauren Mason, I was just ‘that girl with bleached hair that sang on grime’”.

Mason has built up a steady following at her live gigs and via the internet, and in 2008 she put out her first album Keepin It Blonde, full of grime-fuelled beats with sultry vocals which saw her collaborate with the