Vertically Challenged (EP)

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Vertically Challenged
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Released15 November 2005
Label Chocolate Industries [1]
Lady Sovereign chronology
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Alternate Cover
Limited Edition and Australian Cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Robert Christgau A− [3]
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Pitchfork 6.5/10 [5]
Stylus Magazine A− [6]

Vertically Challenged is the debut EP from UK hip hop artist Lady Sovereign. [7] [8] [9] It was only released in the U.S. and Australia.[ citation needed ]


The EP features the UK hit single "Random" and a remix of her limited edition white-label single "Ch Ching (Cheque 1 2)".

In the US, a limited edition was manufactured containing a bonus DVD. The limited edition was not released in Australia.

Critical reception

The Detroit Metro Times wrote that the EP "suitably reps Lady Sovereign’s ample cockiness and lyrical zing." [10] Slate commended Sovereign's "tunefully bratty delivery." [11] Billboard praised Vertically Challenged's "hands-in-the-air breakbeats, Colecovision sound effects, [and] nut-job lyrics delivered in great Cockney fashion." [12]

Track listing


  1. "Random"
  2. "Ch Ching (Cheque 1 2) (Remix)"
  3. "Fiddle with the Volume"
  4. "Random" (Menta Remix featuring Riko)
  5. "A Little Bit of Shhh"
  6. "The Battle" (Featuring Frost P, Shystie & Zuz Rock)
  7. "A Little Bit of Shhh" (Smallstars Remix by Adrock)
  8. "Fiddle with the Volume" (Ghislain Poirier Remix)

Limited Edition DVD:

  1. 30-minute documentary - including the videos for "Random", "Ch Ching (Cheque 1 2)", "A Little Bit of Shhh" and "Random (Menta Remix featuring Riko)."

12" Vinyl:

Side A

  1. "Random"
  2. "Ch Ching (Cheque 1 2) (Remix)"

Side B

  1. "Fiddle with the Volume"
  2. "Random" (Menta Remix featuring Riko)

Side C

  1. "A Little Bit of Shhh"
  2. "The Battle" (Featuring Frost P, Shystie & Zuz Rock)

Side D

  1. "A Little Bit of Shhh" (Smallstars Remix by Adrock)
  2. "Fiddle with the Volume" (Ghislain Poirier Remix)
  3. Ch Ching (Spank Rock Remix)

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