Santi White attended Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and then later attended college at Wesleyan University, where she double-majored in Music and African-American studies. The artist got her pseudonym in the 1990s from a friend’s nickname for her. She worked for Epic Records as an A&R representative, but left the position to co-write and executive produced How I Do, the debut album from the singer Res.

Santigold was the singer of the Philadelphia-based punk rock band Stiffed, whose 2003 album, Sex Sells, and 2005 album, Burned Again, were produced by Bad Brains bassist Darryl Jenifer. While in this group, she was offered a solo contract by Martin Heath of Lizard King Records. Her initial singles “Creator” and “L.E.S. Artistes” received attention from Internet media in 2007.

In February 2009, Santogold changed her stage name to Santigold as a result of infomercial jeweler Santo Gold threatening legal action. The singer is now officially managed by the house that Jay-Z built and has now signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Record Label.

The singer, who has worked with artists such as GZA, Jay-Z, M.I.A. and Christina Aguilera, is most known in the Hip Hop community for her featured spot on Jay-Z’s “Brooklyn Go Hard. “She recently tweeted, “It’s official!” she tweeted when the signing became official. “Made the change to Roc Nation Management!!!” Santigold released a solo album titled Santogold in 2008 to much praise from critics, but has yet to release a follow-up. She joins an eclectic group of artists under the Roc Nation umbrella, including J. Cole, Wale, Melanie Fiona, and many others. Well congratulations!

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