Little Simz releases her fourth album, Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
Little Simz’ latest album is an epic endeavor delivered at a blistering pace with high energy, raw emotion, and insightful lyrics.
Produced by: Inflo, Jakwob Miles, James
Little Simz’s latest release, Sometimes I Might Be Introvert is an epic endeavor delivered at a blistering pace with high energy, raw emotion, and insightful lyrics. The album spans 15 tracks divided by four interludes which offer some much-needed respite.
The album bounces between rap, soul, grime, and trip-hop at different times and sees Simz’s vocal approach match the style at any given moment. Her wordplay and vocabulary always keeps the listener on their toes. She comes straight at you with high energy and a bold attitude that drips through the speakers. Her cadence and flow land at unexpected places at times, but that’s her trademark. It’s what makes her special.
The high point on the first half of the album is her single released in July, ‘I Love You, I Hate You’. ‘I Love You, I Hate You’ is a song of personal triumph for Simz. The song discusses her estranged father of which she laments, “You made a promise to God to be there for your kids. You made a promise to give them a life that you didn’t live. My ego won’t fully allow me to say that I miss you. A woman who hasn’t confronted all her daddy issues.” Little Simz goes on to explain during her NPR Tiny Desk Concert before performing the song, “It’s a deep and very personal one….It took a lot to write this song. and I’m very proud of myself for writing it. Had to dig deep and dig somewhere that is uncomfortable, but I think it made for a positive result.” And she’s right. It’s one of the strongest on the album.
Immediately after ‘I Love You, I Hate You’ is the album’s first interlude. It’s almost as if she knows that the first 20 minutes are too bold, too emotional, and too draining. And it makes sense, Simz has delivered some of the best bars of the year in a mere 20 minutes.
The second half continues where the first left off. Attitude, energy, and a desire to delight are all on display. ’Point and Kill’, featuring Obongjayar, a Nigerian musical artist based in London, sets itself apart from the other tracks. The song opens with a complex drum and percussion rhythm from producer Inflo, a member of the infamous SAULT collective, and is reminiscent of Fela Kuti. Obongjayar further sets the tone of the song with his opening lyrics, “I do as I want, I do as I like. I no watch face, I no fear nobody.” Then it’s Simz’s turn as she takes the first verse. The track continues the playful back and forth for an additional verse and leaves us wanting more.
All in all, Sometimes I Might Be Introvert is an album full of intricate beats, powerful melodies, and razor-sharp lyrics. What keeps this project together is Simz’s love for her craft. She comes at you like a woman taking charge of her life. Confident, smart, and ironically extremely extrovert when she’s on the mic, Little Simz’s fourth album should be bigger at this moment. It should be in the discussion for album of the year. It’s a prophecy Simz herself talks about on ‘Standing Ovation,’ “I got royalty In my blood, I was born great.”
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