Lady Saw (born Marion Hall, 12 July 1972, Saint Mary, Jamaica), is a Jamaican reggae singer, known as "the first Lady of Dancehall". She is the first female deejay to win a Grammy Award and to be certified triple-platinum. She is also the first lady to headline shows outside her native Jamaica.
Hall is mother to three adopted children, two sons and one daughter.
Due to her penchant for outspokeness and what was considered vulgarity, she was banned from many events due to her lyrics. Male contemporaries of Lady Saw were performing similar lyrics and stage shows, but as a female, Lady Saw and endured censorship and even outright banning in more than a few Jamaican parishes. She continued to be outspoken though, and often addressed controversial topics such as unfaithful lovers, female degradation, and safe sex in the wake of the emergence of AIDS (from her single "Condom"). Subsequent hits like "No Long Talking", "Sycamore Tree", and "Find a Good Man" further fueled her success as Jamaica's most prominent female deejay. These also were the first songs to gain exposure in the United States, especially in cities with large with Caribbean populations such as New York City and Miami.
Lady Saw has also collaborated with her male and female peers on several tracks: with Beenie Man on tracks such as "Healing"; with Sean Paul on "Bossman"; with her protege and Dancehall princess Ce'Cile on "Loser"; and with long-time friend and peer, Tanya Stephens on "Bruck Dem Up". State-side, she has shared the mic with Missy Elliott, Eve (rapper), Lil' Kim, Vitamin C and Foxy Brown.
After a 6 year hiatus, in late 2004, she released Strip Tease. It has been called her most balanced and well-written album yet. "I've Got Your Man" had significant video and radio airplay in the U.S. "I've Got Your Man" peaked at #85 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles and Tracks chart.
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