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Wednesday, Jan 23 2013

Ordinarily, a London-based soul chanteuse has zero reason to beef with a hulking 1990s rapper from the Bronx — but that's not the case for Jessie Ware and the late Big Pun. The ultra-chic up-and-comer and her producer, Julio Bashmore, sampled a line from Pun's "Dream Shatterer" ("I'm carvin' my initials on your forehead") for Ware's light-footed gloom-pop tune "110%." Then Ware had a legal tangle with Pun's estate, leaving her modified song to be retitled "If You're Never Gonna Move" and Ware to say "Fuck Big Pun!" while performing in Manhattan. Now even if she was joking (which is extremely likely), insulting the MC minutes from his stomping grounds is a daring act. It's also a good sign that she could be a hitmaker in the States: If marketed right, America won't be able to get enough of Ware's polished, introverted tunes and wry between-song banter.

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