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Whilst stuck at home on lockdown, the London rapper returned to her long-running mixtape series. Previous volumes have been released digitalliy, and went a long way to establishing this Nigerian-born artist as one of the strongest voices in the capital at present. Mixing grime, jazz, hip-hop and neo-soul into a fiery broth she can most definintely call her own; the world has pretty much been unanimous in their adoration of this rising talanet with us and 6Music being early proponents. First volume of the seriest to be released on vinyl and it contains five tightly wound tracks with explosive bursts of lyrical genius paired to her usually loose, slack but heavy and weighty instrumentals which drift beween bump, gloom and grit effortlessly. A neutron star of modern UK rap! 

STAFF COMMENTS

Millie says: Little Simz has always remained grounded despite the success of her incredible last album, Drop 6 has an airy spontaneous feel to it. ‘damn right’ and ‘where’s my lighter’ demonstrates a moody and mature song writing skill which Little Simz pulls off so effortlessly.

TRACK LISTING

1. Might Bang, Might Not
2. One Life, Might Live
3. Damn Right
4. You Should Call Mum
5. Wheres My Lighter

Simbi Ajikawo, crowned Little Simz, lets her work do the talking - and her prolific releases and boundary-breaking achievements clearly tell a story of a pioneering hip-hop artist who leads the way on her own terms. Giving lauded, energetic performances, critically acclaimed albums, sold-out headline shows around the world, and international tours with the likes of Gorillaz, Anderson .Paak and Ab-Soul, this visionary 24 year old woman from North London is living out her childhood dreams to heights of excellence - and inspiring her generation to do the same.

STAFF COMMENTS

Millie says: North London’s Little Simz has turned hip hop on its axis in recent years and excels herself with ‘Grey Area’, an LP exploding with high energy, rapid flow and sharp production. A bold and ingenious lyricist, she peppers her fourth album with twists of dry humour and quick wit; ‘had to let you mature like some fine wine’ from the hit track “Selfish” gets me every time. These comedic phrases are matched with provocative barbs and personal experiences, lending this flawless listen depth and realness. Her bars are intelligent and fierce, leaving no doubt that this is a powerful black female voice in hip hop whose importance should not be overlooked. “Pressure” juxtaposes melancholic piano chords with fat off-kilter beats, a balance which is mirrored by her emotive and gritty lyrics. Alongside this, “101 FM”s’ 8-bit beats are reminiscent of a forgotten game-console soundtrack, the perfect backdrop for a nostalgic narrative focusing on growing up in London and playing Mortal Kombat.
However “Venom” has to be the stand out track on the album for me, you can feel her rage as it strikes through each verse, exploring themes of inequality of race, gender and class throughout: “They would never wanna admit I'm the best here, from the mere fact that I've got ovaries”. The focus she draws upon surrounding her experience as a woman in hip-hop and within wider-society is refreshing and important. Her flow is incredible, I can’t do it justice to just say how good it actually is; this is one amazingly talented woman. If you listen to one song from this entire booklet, make it this.

TRACK LISTING

Offence
Boss
Selfish (Ft. Cleo Soul)
Wounds (Ft. Chronixx)
Venom
101FM
Pressure (Ft. Little Dragon)
Therapy
Sherbet Sunset
Flowers (Ft. Michael Kiwanuka)


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