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Little Jackie
Take the outspoken singer-songwriter who scored a hit with 'Legend of a Cowgirl' a decade or so ago, add a multi-talented musician who likes everything from jazz to Guns 'N Roses, and get them to make an album inspired by their native Brooklyn. What do you get? Little Jackie, a genre-hopping pop/soul/hip-hop duo whose debut single, 'The World Should Revolve Around Me', is one of the songs of the summer. We hooked up with the intriguing twosome - Imani Coppola and Adam Pallin - to find out more.

Why did you call yourselves Little Jackie?
Imani: "Because Jackie to me is like a little devilish name and I'm a little devilish..."
Adam: "It's also after the Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam song. It kinda works on two levels."

How would you describe the Little Jackie sound?
Adam: "It's neo-soul, it's crunk..."
Imani: "Crunk?! Do you guys know what crunk is out here?"

Well, "crunk" makes me think of Ciara.
Adam: "She's kinda crunk 'n' b... but crunk's sort of a cheeky term. It's soul, it's hip-hop, it's R&B. Our music's obviously soulful but it's a combination of hip-hop and soul really."

What inspired 'The World Should Revolve Around Me'?
Imani: "I was going through a break-up and I was p***ed so I wrote a song about it. I never actually felt like the world should revolve around me. It was just a f***ing cheeky little thing to say when you're p***ed off. You know when you say things you regret in an argument?"

There's another song on your album, 'Cryin' For The Queen', where you take a pop at Amy Winehouse. What's she done to irritate you?
Imani: "Oh, you know, I was just jealous. I was really struggling at the time. I was an artist who's been on the charts and then just got lost in the transition from cool, interesting music to f***ing s**t pop. Finally cool music came back and she was kind of the front-runner and she was just f***ed up the whole time. But it's OK because the greatest artists are often the most f***ed up."

What do you think of the other British female artists - people like Lily Allen and Adele - who've tried to make it in the States recently?
Imani: "Don't we have immigration laws? Sorry, that's what I think about it."
Adam: "In America we have hardcore genres that you have to fit into when you're an artist. The American public needs to be totally directed: 'Is this rock? Is this R&B?' As Imani said, cool music came back and all these quirky singer-songwriters you guys are producing are kinda responsible for it."
Imani: "It's actually made some space for me to come back so it's not a negative thing."

There's another interesting song on the album called 'Black Barbie'. What were you thinking of when you wrote it?
Imani: "You know, I go the gym and I watch TV for an hour and it's always like four or five people: Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan and maybe one other. That song's just a sarcastic little 'f**k you!' I thought, 'I'm going to show you guys what you're doing but I'm going to be black doing it'. It's me living out their little puny fantasy of being famous for no reason: getting drunk, having an accident, flashing your p***y, going to jail, finding God, getting pregnant, having a baby and then the world loves you again 'cause you're a nice mum! It's so f***ing annoying! Do you guys have anyone like that?"

Well, we have someone called Chanelle who's essentially famous for imitating Posh Spice.
Imani: "Get the f**k outta here!"
Adam: "Does this girl even look like Posh?"
Imani: "Actually Posh isn't that hot dude, she kinda looks weird to me. What's Posh even famous for?"
Adam: "She's famous for being David Beckham's wife."
Imani: "And she's got to keep up with the fact that her husband actually does something for a living so she's super into fashion. Yeah, I get it."

'The World Should Revolve Around Me' is out on download now. Little Jackie's album, The Stoop, follows on September 1.

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