Little Simz is a game-changing talent with tremendous lyrical skill and a real knack for crafting knockout songs. Her star rose considerably in 2015, so it’s fitting that she ends the year by giving us one last inimitable dose of soulful, introspective hip-hop with her surprise new EP Age 101: Drop X.
Simz’s style and understated delivery mirror heady TDE MCs like Kendrick Lamar and Isaiah Rashad (who appears on “Just a Dose”). She’s not actively trying to impress you with her skills on the mic, but it’s impossible to listen to even a few tracks without realizing she has something special.
The entire project is stellar, but Mick Jenkins collaboration “Sea Level” and the melancholy “Interlude” reach particularly incredible heights.
The Londoner has been one of rap’s best kept secrets over the past few years, and she’s unwilling to delve into real, complicated topics in a way that’s honest, refreshing and real. Rap needs Little Simz.