L.E.S. Artistes


About L.E.S. Artistes

"L. E. S. Artistes" is the second single by American artist Santigold (known then as Santogold), and along with "Creator", the first to be taken from her self-titled debut Santogold (see 2008 in music).


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What I'm searching for
To tell it straight, I'm trying to build a wall
Walking by myself
Down avenues that reek of time to kill
If you see me keep going
Be a pass by waver
Build me up, bring me down
Just leave me out you name dropper
Stop trying to catch my eye
I see you good you forced faker
Just make it easy
You're my enemy you fast talker

I can say I hope it will be worth what I give up
If I could stand up mean for the things that I believe

What am I here for
I left my home to disappear is all
I'm here for myself
Not to know you
I don't need no one else
Fit in so good the hope is that you cannot see me later
You don't know me
I am an introvert an excavator
I'm duckin' out for now
A face in dodgy elevators
Creep up and suddenly
I found myself
An innovator

I can say I hope it will be worth what I give up
If I could stand up mean for the things that I believe

Change, change, change,
I want to get up out of my skin
Tell you what
If I can shake it
I'm 'a make this
Something worth dreaming of

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Santi White (born September 25, 1976), better known by her stage name Santigold (formerly Santogold), is an American singer, songwriter, and producer. Her debut album Santogold was released to positive reviews in 2008. Her second album Master of My Make-Believe was released in April 2012. more »

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Written by: Santi White, John Graham Hill

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Downtown Music Publishing

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7 facts about this song

Release Facts
"L.E.S. Artistes" was one of the first songs released by Santigold, an American singer. - The song was released in March 2008 as the lead single from her eponymous debut studio album.
Chart Facts
Despite being her debut single, "L.E.S. Artistes" peaked at number 2 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales. - The song reached number 27 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming one of her highest-charting songs till date.
Production Facts
The track was produced by John Hill and Disco D, both of whom also co-wrote the song with Santigold.
Music Video Facts
"L.E.S. Artistes" music video was directed by Nima Nourizadeh. - The video conceptualizes the lyrics of the song and features Santigold being attacked by playfully surreal threats, portraying the artist's struggle with expectations and criticism.
Meaning Facts
The title stands for 'Lower East Side Artistes' and hints at a semi-autobiographical approach, as it references the neighborhood in Manhattan where Santigold resided. - Santigold explained in interviews that the song was about moving to New York City and coming of age amidst the vibrant scene of artists and creators there.
Recognition Facts
"L.E.S. Artistes" was listed at number 2 on Rolling Stone's '100 Best Songs of 2008'. - It was also ranked at number 68 on Rolling Stone's '100 Best Songs of the 2000s'.
Cover Version Facts
The song was successfully covered by singer and songwriter Lily Allen during her BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge session in 2009.

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