This week on Discography Autopsy, we’re looking at the authoritative and lyric-driven rapper Little Simz. She kicked off her independent career in 2013 when she released Black Canvas. The track instantly sprung her into the limelight, offering her a nod for The Worldwide Awards.
The Islington-born rapper would later return to The Worldwide Awards in 2015, this time taking home the award for the Breakthrough Artist of the Year. Finding her stride around this time, Little Simz would release project after project. She found herself in the playlists of Gen-Z listeners due to her ability to switch up her flow effortlessly. Another reason why she grew around this time was due to her role as Shelley in Top Boy’s revamp.
Today, Little Simz bounces around the rap and RnB world. Some of her tracks land her in the rap genre with aggressive lyrics and threatening beats. While other tracks lend themselves to a more RnB flow. Continue scrolling to read about some bangers from Little Simz, and why you need to get into her music.
Contrary to some of the other tracks that lend themselves to the “Chill Vibes” category, Little Simz’s chill songs come differently. The three that make it into this category are Selfish, I See You, and Two Worlds Apart. Each of these songs warrants a different mood, although they achieve the same goal.
Selfish is the type of track you want to be bumping with the windows down and the sunroof open. Preferably, your head is stuck out the window, so you can enjoy the stunning view and feel the wind in your hair. The track lends itself to a very upbeat mood and an overall good chill session.
I See you and Two Worlds Apart are a bit more of a psychedelic-sounding chill. They will make you want to light some incense and vibe in your room. Both of these songs can be found on Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, an overwhelmingly brilliant album.
Little Simz also has the ability to switch up into a more aggressive, threatening sound which puts listeners on their toes. The track Venom has made its way throughout TikTok due to a particular bar from the track. It evokes a powerful feminine spirit and has been used in videos with graphics achieving a similar feel.
The tracks Boss and Picture Perfect have a bit more mainstream appeal. Picture Perfect is a good representation of trap music turned aggressive. Her delivery and lyrics are punchy and vibrant, which makes you belt every bar with your chest. Boss has a Tribe Called Quest type of flow that gives throwback vibes. It’s more on the chill side. However, it fits the aggressive nature of her flow to a T.
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It’s hard to explain but easy to realize once you hear the track. Pink Youth, you should call mum, and Might Bang, Might Not all remind me of songs you would want to accompany you in different scenes of your life. We’ve all been the culprit of listening to music for very specific situations. For me personally, Baptized In Fire by Kid Cudi is my go-to feel-good song when I’m taking a main character-esque shower before going out.
Pink Youth is a terrific song to accompany a city scene that includes panning shots of your outfit, shots that beam off of surrounding windows, and every flirtatious moment you have with passersby. ‘You should call mum’ is suitable in an at-home scene that sees you go through the mundane tasks of the day. Finally, Might Bang, Might Not, is your party track. When you attend that insane party, this track will surely be playing in the background.
The multi-faceted artist can do just about everything. Not only is she a talented musician and evocative actor, but she’s a star to watch on the red carpet. At the British Fashion Awards in 2019, Little Simz stole the show in a full Gucci fit. It included her outfitted in an orange wide-brimmed hat, a classic navy blue suit, and the iconic monogram shirt beneath it.
However, her off-carpet looks still maintain a similar classy composition. She’s often seen in matching two pieces which include a button-down left open on top. She likes to play with wacky patterns and colorful garments with flair.
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