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Since the mid-'80s, Lady Saw has represented for the females in the highly male-driven world of dancehall. And throughout her career, she's racked up a lot of firsts. She was the first female dancehall artist to headline major genre events outside of Jamaica, the first to win a Grammy, and the first to go triple platinum. Saw has accomplished much of this thanks to her outspoken talk. While her male peers have usually taken to macho posturing, Saw's own perspective is decidedly female, and often, frankly sexual. It's not all bawdy pillow talk, though -- her songs have duly railed against mistreatment of women, and even advocated for safe sex.
(After the jump, too, watch her calling out an unruly fan and verbally crushing him. Amazing.)
Best of the Best 2010. With Diddy, DJ Khaled, Gucci Mane, Capleton, Barrington Levy, and others. 1 p.m. Sunday, May 30. Bicentennial Park, 1075 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets currently cost $54 and up; children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult. 305-438-9488; bestofthebestconcert.com