Santigold is a pseudonym used by the singer, songwriter, and producer Santi White. She was born on 25 September 1976. The singer attended high school in Philadelphia. Upon graduating, she enrolled in college at Wesleyan University and majored in music and African American studies. Eventually, she turned her entire attention to music.
Santi’s first pseudonym was Santogold. It was a nickname given to the teenager by her friends in the 1990s. At first, the young woman worked at Epic Records. Her responsibilities included searching for new talent. Santi left the company when she got an opportunity to write and produce songs for the indie-pop singer Res. White helped her with the album, How I Do.
At the beginning of her music career, Santi worked with a punk group Stiffed. Together, in 2003, they released an EP, Sex Sells. In 2005, the band presented an LP, Burned Again. After the release, Lizard King Label offered a singer a solo contract. Soon she recorded her first solo singles, "L.E.S. Artistes" and "Creator". Both of them managed to become popular online. The first one reached the 27th spot of the UK Albums Chart.