She’s @RATBOY ‘s latest signing✔️Distracts @DanniKing100 chats to @itsrudegrl and she has a lot to say!! #attitude ❤️ this week
Rude Grl is a new collaboration between Jenna Dickens and Ben Langmaid (former member of La Roux). The duo, which draws influences from early 80s and 90s electro hip-hop, and post-punk, have revealed the video for debut single ‘That’s the Way it is (Survival of the Sickest)’, the first release on Rat Boy’s new label, SCUM.
At the age of 24, Jenna has never stood still in proving her credentials as a singer, songwriter and MC. In her former incarnation of JLD, she collaborated with the likes of Wiley, Bless Beats and Roll Deep. As part of the band ‘The Binary Kids’, she worked with Basement Jaxx. She even came close to winning BBC 1Xtra’s ‘Battle of the Nation’ rap battle…at the age of 12!
The result of a turbulent upbringing, Jenna was born and raised in South Wales by a single mother struggling with mental illness. When she was 18 she signed to Mercury Records but was dropped without ever releasing any music. She was snapped up as a model by Elite Models, but around this time she suffered a personal tragedy and began struggling to find her way through the baggage of the past, while her alcoholism raged. She explored her post-punk influences during this time, releasing a few songs and featuring on Sub Focus’ debut album.