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Before Its Time: Santigold Was the First True "Genre-Bender"

Twelve years after its release, Santigold's debut album remains a near-flawless cocktail of new wave, dub, and hip-hop bliss.



2008 was a big year for music.

In the hip-hop world, Lil Wayne and Kanye West would both release career-defining albums, while releases from bands like Vampire Weekend, Cut Copy, Hot Chip, and M83 would put the soon-to-be indie heroes on the map. Radio pop would become saturated with Lady Gaga's The Fame and Beyonce's I Am...Sasha Fierce.

And then, somewhere at the intersection of it all, we were introduced to Santigold.

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