My favorite non-US hip hop artist happens to be Lady Sovereign of England! She has an absolutely amazing story and blurs every hip hop stereotype you could imagine, other than her background. Sov is a small, white, young, gay, female MC from Wembly. One of three children she grew up in estate housing (public housing in the U.S.) and dropped out of high school at the age of 15 due to her attendance record. Sov is probably my favorite because despite the fact that she's tiny (5'1") she's got a lot of attitude to back it up. Her journey was difficult but in 2006 she was signed to Def Jam and released her first album "Public Warning" on the label. The spunk and courage Sov displayed while making a name for herself have really inspired me to do what I want to do, no matter what anyone else says. Her lyrics show just how different she is and her grungy style translates very effectively into hip hop. Though she is on hiatus now I feel as though we have not seen the last of the self proclaimed "baddest midget in the game".