Little Simz presents her fourth studio album ‘Sometimes I Might Be Introvert’. The British rapper returns to the scene to express and free herself from everything she still felt she had to project, with more energy and power than ever before. Extroversion now enters the scene.
The album, released through her own AGE 101 label, is an ode to the black woman, a statement of intent written by a racialized woman. Hence, beyond those 14 tracks we find 5 orchestral interludes that invite to the universal reflection. To reach that state, she asked actress Emma Corrin from The Crown to record some of them, because she felt it would reinforce the narrative of the album.
The listener is drawn right into the artist’s world: from near-death experiences to dealing with the difficulty of living with an absent father figure. Those are just some of the cathartic stories told in the activist verses. An “I Love You I Hate You” dedicated to his father, or a “Shit changed when I had a brief encounter with death, I thought the gates of heaven were opening when that knife was in my chest,” referring to those episodes of youthful violence.
Another of the issues she deals with is the eternal search for validation or that duality between the private and public self that one has to face being an introvert. Little Simz poses the question directly: “Simz the artist or Simbi the person?” in the main track ‘Introvert’.
Extroversion and energy flow from freedom and love in another series of songs that give an escape route to that harsh reality, through tracks such as “Protect My Energy” or “Fear No Man”. Thus we see how ‘Sometimes I Might Be Introvert’ does not exclusively marry rap; something to which SIMBI has already accustomed us, as their sounds move through a wide range of genres ranging from hip-hop, trap, to soul, funk, grime, jazz or even gospel. Take a seat at Simz’s table, variety is served.
The album also features the jazz incursions of Cleo Sol on “Woman” and the Afro-beat of Obongjayar on “Point and Kill”. The latter is accompanied by a filmic videoclip directed by Ebeneza Blanche in Nigeria. Although after all that has been said, what better than to enter yourself (and value) the new universe of Little Simz.
Text by Laura Pérez