Lady Saw has forged a career in the male-dominate world of Jamaican dancehall reggae. Her style of deejaying rivals that of the most lewd and crude of her male contemporaries.
Lady Saw began performing for sound systems when she was 15 years old. She feels that her work with sound systems gave her an understanding of the recording process and helped prepare her for working in more professional studios.
Born Marion Hall around 1971, in Galina,
In 1994, Lady Saw released her first album, Bare As You Dare. This album helped establish Lay Saw as the queen of dancehall and slack. In particular, the tune “Stab out the Meat” became a hit in
Her popularity in the reggae scene has helped her gain notoriety with American rap and pop stars such as Eve, L’il Kim, and Foxy Brown. In 2002 she expanded her audience when the ska/punk band No Doubt featured her on their popular hit “Underneath It All.” The St. Lucia Mirror described her as “a consummate and energetic performer who feeds off her audience every single time.”
Today, Lady Saw has her own production company, Hall Productions. She’s produced two riddims: Blindfold and Lock Jaw. She’s produced major dancehall artists Capleton, Spragga Benz, Sizzla, Bounty Killer, and
Lady Saw aspires to speak for all women. For one, she can relate. She is a Mama to three adopted children: one girl and two boys. She’s almost married, has been through her share of heartbreak and infidelity. And being one of the few females in a male-dominated industry, she’s definitely experienced sexism. While some prudish people find her expressions, both the lyrical and the physical, to be offensive (she was once banned from some important stage shows), she continues to address, with each stroke of her pen, what she considers to be the real issues women face: Being daughters, wives, girlfriends, sisters, and mothers in this modern world while still being strip teasingly sexy.