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Simbiatu “Simbi” Abisola Abiola Ajikawo – better known as Little Simz – has unveiled her incredible third studio album, Grey Area, showcasing all the traits of an award-winning masterpiece. It’s fair to say 2019 is shaping up to be quite the year for Little Simz who – after some serious time in the game – is finally being given the recognition to rival her contemporaries.
Fans are celebrating her melodic flow on tracks like Selfish, 101FM and Sherbet Sunset, a handful of standout anthems from her ten track release. They sit alongside the power of Venom, brilliantly showing her hunger for the rap game.
With the likes of Ms Banks and Lady Leshurr set to release new music soon, and showcasing the powerful female voices in the scene, 2019 is already in good stead for rap. With Little Simz, IAMDDB and Stefflon Don flying the flag for the UK, things are only set to get even better for UK hip-hop, grime and RnB.
For those new to Little Simz, here are five tracks fans can’t wait to catch live.
Featuring Cleo Sol, this melodic track showcases Little Simz moving from strength to strength by focussing on the self.
Little Simz is indeed the boss and she’s not afraid to show fans why, and no one can tell her any different…
This empowering anthem, led by Lioness, has fast become a mantra for many a fans’ life, and every queen who blesses the mic on this track kills their verse like a boss. But on the last verse, Little Simz cements herself as a true wordsmith, showing all male counterparts that she’s doing her thing as big any man could, if not bigger.
Grey Area is unmistakably a masterclass in confidence and Venom fully embodies that hunger.
Wounds is reminiscent of the best of Eminem or Dr Dre’s illustrious productions, but with a notable UK/Jamaican flow that makes this offering such a must-hear.
As well as appearing at All Points East, 6 Music Festival, The Great Escape and Parklife Festival over the summer, Little Simz will be touring the UK with her own headline shows in October.
23 October 2019 – Mama Roux, Birmingham
24 October 2019 – Poetry Club, Glasgow
26 October 2019 – Deaf Institute, Manchester
28 October 2019 – Thekla, Bristol
29 October 2019 – EartH, London
Tickets for Little Simz’s headline shows and festival appearances are available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk.