Dark, raw, and rough. These are the words that come to mind when listening to the Little Simz’ discography. If this is your introduction to Little Simz, then please fasten your seatbelt because you are about to be served some serious musical turbulence. Before she was “Little Simz”, Simbi Ajikawo was born in Islington, England and focused her early career on acting, including landing roles on BBC’s Spirit Warriors and E4’s Youngers. I’ve not seen either of these shows, but I’m sure she holds her own considering she already has the stage presence of a Chance the Rapper type.
Creative, thoughtful, and smart. Her songs always manage to hold my attention whether it’s via the forward-leaning production qualities or the hard hitting lyrics. To enjoy the full experience of her music, you better close your door because any small interruption and you’ll miss a verse that is more clever than the previous. I am particularly fond of her opening track (“Persons”) to her 2015 release “A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons.” It’s probably just the feminist in me, but everybody should know that Simz is king now. Take a listen and you’ll know what I mean.
Rapper, wordsmith, poet. Call it what you want, but you’ll never find a definition that truly captures how great she is at stringing words together to tell her story.