Album Notes - Little Simz - Sometimes I Might Be Introvert

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The album title, taken in conjunction with the theatrical salvo of the opening track, portends the delicate weaving of the dichotomy at hand. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert reveals an artist in total command, one unafraid to correctly assert her virtuosity, yet unwilling to engage in that which others fall prey to with the expectations of stardom. Simply put, Simbiatu Abisola Abiola Ajikawo, known to those around her as Simbi, and the rest of us as Little Simz, has game and she knows it. She just doesn't want to deal with all the bullshit celebrity entails.

The 27-year-old London-born musician/actor covers a lot of ground on her fourth LP, one seeped in R&B and late 90s/early 00s hip-hop. Lyrics reference her African heritage, Kendrick, Kanye, and Donna Summer, as the impeccable production from Inflo duly evokes the aforementioned while the combination conjures Lauryn Hill. Personal and family struggles are laid bare in earnest reflection. All in all, it's one of the year's most engrossing releases and with it Little Simz will only further reach the masses. Her response may well provide the subject matter for what comes next in a career seemingly on the cusp of no turning back, a maddeningly frightening construct for an introvert, wondrous for an eager fan. But as Simbi says, if you can't feel the pain, you can't feel the opposite.

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