Little Simz: Sometimes I Might Be Introvert review – rich, vital rap

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Rachel Aroesti

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(Age 101)
Intensely creative as she discusses race, womanhood and family – and with a cameo from Emma Corrin – Simz’s fourth album feels totally alive

Little Simz’s lack of mainstream stardom can appear baffling. The 27-year-old’s inventive rap music has been critically lauded, garlanded with prizes (she has an Ivor Novello, an NME award and a Mercury nomination) and in receipt of much press attention, but her sales figures have never matched up. While peers Stormzy, Dave, J Hus and Headie One have all topped the charts, Simz’s brilliant third record Grey Area only reached No 87. The depressing and stubborn reality is that commercially successful British female rappers remain rare.

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