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Sometimes I Might Be Introvert

by Little Simz

Released September 3, 2021 via Age 101 Music / AWAL

Reviewed September 14, 2021

Top tracks (based on community voting)
Introvert (68%), I Love You, I Hate You (37%), Woman (33%)

A good word to describe Little Simz’ third studio album Grey Area would be stellar; Grey Area was all about confusion, noise and indecisiveness—whereas her fourth album, Sometimes I Might be Introvert, provides assurance and reflection regarding both herself and the world surrounding her. With intricate string and horn sections, SIMBI (also Simz’ nickname amongst friends and family) is a project fully dedicated to Simz’ introspection, while covering her most expansive list of topics yet. The most prevailing of which details her relationship with being an introvert, while simultaneously being one of rap’s heaviest hitters. SIMBI is full of braggadocious bars with abundant flashes of brilliance, where she lets us know she is no longer underappreciated or undervalued. This is counterbalanced by thought-provoking words on her trauma, as it relates to abandonment, the ebbs and flows of being a Black woman, and the stressful life of London’s youth, plagued by knife violence. Simz remains as sharp as ever on this project and proves that she’s not the next up, she’s the right now. – Pablo (9.7/10)

Maturation suits Little Simz well, as her follow-up to Grey Area makes very distinct and aspiring steps toward yet another phase in her lengthy but youthful career. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert marks eleven years of album releases for Little Simz, who is now 27 years old. Having always wielded a sense of charisma and confidence, Simz makes genuine strides to tap into her potential by adapting across a courageous variety of instrumentals with relative ease. In just about every department––instrumentals, lyrics, themes, purpose, performance––Little Simz has her music clicking on all cylinders. – DeVán (8.8/10)

With her fourth studio album, Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, Little Simz has once again put on a conceptual display of musical ability. Each track provides high-level production that serves to keep the listener engaged with thought provoking samples. Simz delves into the conceptual crux of the record, by incorporating instances where her flows are simplified to better convey her messages. Simz proves that she is among the most gifted technical rappers, harnessing a powerful command over every word. This album exists in a furthered matured headspace, as Simz discusses her struggles as a woman in her personal and professional life. She brings in commentary on race and culture that only add to the complete sonic experience that this album provides. In terms of the tracks, every song is enjoyable and contains enough variety for everyone to enjoy. Overall, this album contains something fantastic in every department and is a strong addition to the already impressive discography of Little Simz. – Daniel (8.5/10)

Little Simz’s fourth studio album, Sometimes I Might be Introvert, holds the proverbial weight of the world on its shoulders. Topping 2019's Grey Area seemed like an impossible task at the time, but timing is a key ingredient in Little Simz’s formula. Never underestimate one's abilities to delve deeper into the abyss when time is cherished alone. Sometimes... is home to a meditative quality, and once again places Little Simz in a position years beyond her age. She cuts throughthe noise, the bullshit, the drama, and places her being on a pedestal. Being backed by a fuller sound that’s denser and more immersive overall make these lyrics own the spotlight even further. A realized mindset puts Simz’s intense introspection and maturity on full display, as she bridges the gap between the U.S. and the U.K.––the two biggest forces in modern day hip-hop––with her latest release. Nobody has managed to make it as seamless and as utterly unquestionable as London's very own. – Peter (8.5/10)

Pablo: 9.7/10 | Cam: 8.8/10 | DeVán: 8.8/10 | Daniel: 8.5/10

Peter: 8.5/10 | Dominick: 8.3/10 | Jared: 8/10 | Hadley: 7.5/10


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