Just when you thought that maximum Santogold awareness had been achieved (two Bud Light commercials, and a song with Pharell and Julian Casablancas) she unleashed a diatribe to the folks over at Lipster.
Speaking on how her single “Lights Out” has been classified as “HipHop/R&B” as the iTunes free single of the week (in England) Santi had this to say:
"It’s racist. It’s totally racist.
“Everyone is just so shocked that I don’t like R&B. Why does R&B keep coming into my interviews? It’s pissing me off. I didn’t grow up as a big fan of R&B and, like, what is the big shocker? It’s stupid.”
Granted, nothing on the album definitively skews R&B, but it would be pretty hard to classify the album as New Wave/Reggae/Dancehall/Dub.
All this hubbub must be confined to the U.K., because stateside her album is labeled as Alternative on iTunes and Amazon.
Ease up Santi. You should take it as a compliment that you album is hard for people to classify, not make allegations of racism over their inability to do so.[The Lipster]