Almost two years after the release of her critically acclaimed album ‘Stillness In Wonderland’, Little Simz returns with a brand new track ‘Offence’. The track was just premiered as Zane Lowe’s World Record on Beats 1.
‘Offence’ is a confident nod to her artistic abilities, boldly signifying that she is back and better than ever. With skilful lyricism and stand-out production, the song reinforces Simz’s position on the music scene, both in the UK and globally, establishing her as an artist who transcends conventional genres and boasts a distinctive, absolutely unforgettable sound. The accompanying art is a photograph that Simz took herself.
“Super excited to share my brand-new music with the world, its been a minute. “Offence” for me feels like the right way to kick start it, can’t wait to share more’” Little Simz
Simbi Ajikawo, crowned Little Simz, lets her work do the talking – and her prolific releases and boundary-breaking achievements clearly tell a story of a pioneering Hip Hop artist who leads the way on her own terms. Giving lauded, energetic performances, critically acclaimed albums, sold-out headline shows around the world, and international tours with the likes of Gorillaz, Anderson .Paak and Ab-Soul, this visionary 24 year old woman from North London is living out her childhood dreams to heights of excellence – and inspiring her generation to do the same.
After winning Breakthrough Artist of the Year at BBC DJ Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards, Little Simz’ impressive debut album, A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons (2015), explores a rising star’s challenges of being in the limelight and earned Independent Album of the Year at the Aim Awards.
Her Alice in Wonderland-inspired second album, Stillness In Wonderland (2016), delves deeper into the rabbit hole of fears, flaws, illusions and personal evolution whilst highlighting her growth as a producer and musician, accompanied by a triple punch of innovative creations in the form a captivating short film directed by Jeremy Cole [“Dead Body”, “Gratitude”], a comic book written by Eddie “Versetti” Smith with artwork duties skilfully executed by McKay Felt [who also crafted the Stillness In Wonderland album cover], and her annual Welcome To Wonderland festival at London’s Roundhouse highlighting global talent across multiple disciplines.
As her acclaim and achievements continue to build – with MOBO nominations for Best Hip Hop Act and Best Female Act, Little Simz was the first independent UK artist to make the Forbes List of 30 Under 30 in Europe, and to rap in the televised US BET Hip Hop Awards’ Cypher – many respected peers and legends have voiced their admiration of her talents; with Compton’s Pulitzer Prize winner Kendrick Lamar declaring her to be “one of the illest doing this right now,” the iconic Ms. Lauryn Hill handpicking Simz to be a special guest on her Diaspora Calling! US tour, and dynamic virtual band Gorillaz featuring her on their crowd-pleasing single “Garage Palace” before taking her around the world to perform on their Humanz Tour.
Across 10 mixtapes/EPs and two critically acclaimed albums, Little Simz’ music documents her story, her journey, her becoming – and in turn, her generation. Hip Hop blends with soul, R&B and jazz influences as the dynamic soundscape for a path of introverted reflection and focused self-determination that distill into concise, relatable bars on taking leaps of faith, learning from losses and building on gains, navigating success, disappointment, confusion, anxiety, shifting relationships, industry politics, all the while nurturing, and sometimes clinging to, a solid sense of self.