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Saturday 23 August 2014

Benefits Street star to release rap

White Dee is apparently releasing a rap single on April Fool's Day

Benefits Street star White Dee is apparently set to release a rap record.

The track - a collaboration with a Birmingham reggae/pop band called XOVA is titled Your To Blame - the grammatical mistake is on purpose. But the release date is set for Tuesday April 1 - sparking speculation it may be a prank.

But her manager Barry Tomes told The Independent: "She's got a rap record coming out on Tuesday.

"There is big speculation she'll make a lot of money out of it, but there's nine people in the band, so that's split nine ways.

"The band's called XOVA, they're a sort of UB40-style band from Birmingham. And she raps on the vocals.

"She will receive royalties for the track, but the record company has to recoup its losses, so she probably won't see any of the money for at least another six months."

White Dee - whose real name is Deirdre Kelly - shot to fame after featuring in controversial Channel 4 documentary Benefits Street. She was portrayed as the matriarch of the street and helped many of her neighbours with their benefit claims.

The single - credited to XOVA featuring White Dee from The Street - will debut on Free Radio at 9am on Tuesday April 1, and be available for digital download immediately afterwards.

The official artwork looks distinctly amateur and includes a picture of Dee and the band.

According to the newspaper the lyrics include: "Lay my cards on the table for the critics to see/No cards unturned, you can't judge me/Everything I've done I've done to survive/Or done for my kids, give them better lives/See, I'm not too old to have dreams."

XOVA have announced the release on their official Facebook page facebook.com/XOVAband.

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