Santi White attended Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and then went to college at Wesleyan University, where she double-majored in Music and African-American studies. The artist got her pseudonym in the 1980s from a friend's nickname for her. She worked for Epic Records as an A&R representative, but left the position to write and produce How I Do, the debut album from the singer Res. In 2003, her father, a lawyer involved in a Philadelphia municipal government corruption case, died.
Santogold was lead 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. White also appeared on Mark Ronson's 2007 album Version, performing on a cover of The Jam's "Pretty Green". *source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santogold*
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