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From Odd Future and Instagram to preconceived notions and higher states of being, I played a game of 20 Questions with rising London rapper Little Simz.
Landing major roles in the UK’s hit TV shows Spirit Warriors and Youngers, opening for Schoolboy Q on the European leg of his Oxymoron tour, and most recently, self-releasing her fantastic E.D.G.E. EP, Little Simz has solidified herself as a force to be reckoned with. After hearing any of her complex lyrics and triple-time flows, there’s no doubt the talented 20-year-old is wise beyond her years. But does that thought process also hold true for life’s every day questions? Mass Appeal sought to find out. We recently sat down with the UK’s princess of hip-hop to play a game of 20 Questions.
1. So you’ve been writing, dancing and acting since the age of 9, what made you want to start rapping?
For me it was just exploring different elements of performing arts. I was never too… let’s say, talented in the singing area. Haha. At the time anyway, so it was just another form of expression for me to write raps and rap poetry.
2. You’ve mentioned you play guitar, what’s the first song you learned to play on the guitar?
I think it may have been Nelly, “Just a Dream.” Only because it was like four chords and it was the easiest thing to learn.
3. Did you have any musical inspirations when you were writing EDGE?
At the time I was listening to a lot of Tracy Chapman actually. In terms of song writing, and just looking at how she kind of puts together songs and writes them, and the fact that everything has a meaning. I wanted to be a lot more conceptual in terms of what I’m talking about as opposed to just talking about ‘I’m the best thing coming out of UK and no one can test me,’ ya know? So just trying to challenge myself in that aspect.
4. If you could vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Bahamas or Hawaii.
5. What has been the proudest moment of your life so far?
My mom telling me she seen me on tely.
6. Who is your favorite character on the Simpsons?
Bart. Yes. 100%. I just like that fact that he is so rebellious and just has a cheeky attitude. In real life I don’t really like kids like that, but in a cartoon it’s quite funny, so definitely Bart.
7. What are your hardest bars to date?
My hardest to rap physically and to perform live would probably ‘Bars Simzon’ because obviously the speed, and how many fucking metaphors and syllables are in one word, and to get it on time, it’s pretty difficult. Plus to time it up on stage, with the crowd.
8. Do you have a verse that you think is your best to date?
Ah, my best is yet to come.
9. Who is your idol?
10. What can people expect to find on your Instagram?
I suppose what I’m doing in life. I’ve come across so many Instagram pages that are either just a bunch of selfies, which I think ‘Yo, vanity has got the best of you’ and then I come across Instagram pages that are just pictures—like I would never see what the person looks like, it’s just pictures of literally whatever they see. It could be a picture of an ocean, a tree, and I like them type of pages.
My Instagram will be a picture of me with someone in the studio or just whatever I’m doing at the time, just to keep people updated, letting them know what I’m doing. I can’t lie, I take the occasional selfie, but you wouldn’t scroll down my profile and every single picture is of me.
11. Do you have a favorite Instagram to follow?
There is an Instagram called Travel Pancakes. Yeah, it’s a weird name right? But her photos are so sick, I enjoy looking at her photos. And as well, my friend Tilla, his Instagram is tight. He’s 16 but he just has, his vision as far as what he captures is just tight.
12. What was it about Odd Future that initially drew you to them?
I think I just like things that are different, and a bit left. And I like the fact that they do everything they’re own way, and they’re sort of, I get the impression they don’t answer to anyone, and they don’t like answering to anyone. And I’m very much like that. I hate being told what to do, and I’m just that person ya know. And I get that, and I’ve not met all of them, but just being a fan of them in general, they just have that attitude that they make the music they want to make, they put out what they want to put out, and everything’s just done how they want to do it, and I totally respect that.
13. What’s the last great show you went to?
Probably the “Would You Like A Tour?” show. The Drake tour. Yeah that was tight. That was so sick.
14. What goes through your mind just before you hit the stage to perform?
I knew I should have went to the toilet.
15. Do you have a good luck charm?
I actually don’t. Actually, cos I’m Muslim, so sometimes when I go on stage I have praying beads in my pocket. And yeah I’ll just have it on me when I’m traveling, when I’m on a plane I’ll just have them with me in my pocket.
16. If earth could only have one condiment for the rest of time, what would you pick to keep around?
Ketchup. I eat everything with ketchup.
17. What movie or show remake would you want to star in?
New Girl. Too funny.
18. Do you have a go-to party song?
Future “My Momma”
19. If you had to pick a food or a dish to describe your sound, what would you pick and why?
Risotto. It’s like rice and like creamy. The reason why is because when, basically my manager ordered it and I looked at it and I was like, ‘Uuhhh na, why would you order that?’ Cos it just looked really… it looked a bit like baby food, like just the way it was all mushed together, and I don’t know I just didn’t like the look of it… until I tasted it. I was like ‘Yo, why did I not order that?’ And me, I don’t like trying new things, especially when it comes to food, I just kind of stick to what I know. So I guess that would be a way to describe my music. People like, they hear a female rapper, and they already have their preconceived ideas and their judgments, but that’s until they actually press play. Same way, until I actually tried the food, you like it.
20. What’s the one thing everyone should know about Little Simz?
That I’m a Pisces and I believe a lot in star signs, and that I’m coming to take over everything.
Little Simz plays NYC next month. Details coming soon.
Read my recent interview with LA’s weirdest hip-hop trio, clipping.
clipping. is one of those bands that it feels wrong to describe as “a band” but at the same time it feels just as strange to call them a “rap group.” They’re a noise project as much as they’re a hip-hop trio, making some of the wildest beats in the game. Accomplished sound engineers with the utmost regard for popular music, yet with an unwillingness to make music any other way than exactly the way they want to.
Regardless of how you choose to categorise them, what they’re making is authentic. Authentic in the sense that the music that results stems from a genuine love of experimentation, the creative process and the often agonizing details that go along with it. The mad scientists of modern music, blasting away at 12-bar progressions with a blowtorch then using the most detailed of craftsmanship to wield golden era inspired beats that crackle and pop in all the right places. The perfect balance of calculated exploration, while still allowing for those beautiful mistakes to seep through, clipping’s June 10th release is one of the most charmingly subversive albums of the year.
As the band unveils a live stream of their forthcoming Sub Pop debut, Best Fit took some time to sit down with the guys and find out what makes them tick. From their painstakingly methodical musique-concrète techniques, to making weird music that’s still accessible, working with Three 6 Mafia, and the evolution of their live show, the Los Angeles trio introduces us to their disturbingly unique take on music, it’s clipping (bitch).
Denzel CurryIce Age Feat. Mike Dece (Prod. By Keenanza & Yung Icey)
The first single off Denzel Curry's forthcoming EP is too cold. The Carol City up-and-comer is one of the smartest, coolest, and most talented artists I've had the pleasure of working with. He’s such a gifted MC, with such a vision. His creativity spills into his flows, beats, and every bit of his being.
His new track, ‘Ice Age,’ is a perfect example. Next level lyrics, true to Miami tropical-cloud rap beats, and a killer hook. I can’t get enough of this one. You’re such a star Zel. Get it homie.
'Ice Age' is off Curry's Three Two Zel EP out later this year?
Art Work by Makada Duncanson & Denzel Curry.
PREMIERE: PsymunEating Disorder (Ackryte Remix)
They say Minnesota is all rhymes… as it turns out, that may be only half true. As of late, MN has been kicking up dust (or snow rather) with a handful of new singers and rappers like Allan Kingdom, Chester Watson, and of course Spooky Black. And behind those great sets of pipes are some seriously fresh beats. Many of which come courtesy of Minneapolis producer Psymun.
The 21-year-old beatmaker recently released his Pink Label EP, which features the best of the Twin Cities’ new class of musical suspects dropping verses over his signature jazzy syrup-cloud sound.
Today, Mass Appeal is proud to present the first remix stemming from Pink Label. Fellow Minneapolis producer Ackryte has blessed us with a spacey rework of the single “Eating Disorder.” On the rework, the HW&W producer throws a layer of silky goodness over the fuzzy two-minute number consisting of rickety clicks and jazzy exhales. He then turns up the bass and flares up the synths, while adding plenty of subtle flips and switches to keep you paying attention.
If you’re digging these funky beats as much as we are, be sure to be on the lookout for Ackryte’s forthcoming 8-song EP, Fly Opus, and plenty more remixes off Psymun’s Pink Label EP.
SabaBurnout (Featuring Eryn Allen Kane)
I’ve been traveling so I’m behind on new music, but I like this… a lot.
While reading the words “Chicago hip hop” and hearing the opening chords of rapper and producer Saba's “Burnout,” you can't help but anticipate a Chance The Rapper sounding cut. But what greets your ears instead is something refreshingly different, with singer Eryn Allen Kane stealing the show at the 1:18 mark.
Though not completely proving myself correct, considering Saba hails from the same production camp as Chance, the similar piano chords and preaching harmonies are too catchy to not keep listening. Saba drops double-time rhymes with punchy sing-alongs, then emerging Chicago songstress heads into her first and then second savvy verse. Suddenly this nostalgia for anthem-worthy independent women lyrics a’la Destiny’s Child’s ”No,No,No” begin to do summersaults in my head. This is girl is the real deal (shout out to Tree for tip off on her way back when).
With a wide range of influences, infectious lyrics and an update on what made 90s R&B great, “Burnout” is a home run for me. Looking forward to hearing Saba’s ComfortZone mixtape which drops July 15th.
clipping.Work Work (feat. Cocc Pistol Cree)
Going to see Subpop’s latest hip hop inspired signees .clipping tonight as part of RBMA New York Fest. They just dropped this super dope video for the track “Work Work,” to get the New York all excited for tonight. I’ve had it on repeat all week. Introducing interview with the band coming soon, so stay tuned. ;)
If you’re in NYC, details for tonight are below. Should be fun.
Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York Presents Hardcore Activity In Progress
with Tim Hecker, Napalm Death, Gunplay, The Thing, Wolf Eyes, Regis, Bastard Noise, Lubomyr Melnyk, Skullflower, Joe McPhee/Chris Corsano, Okkyung Lee, Clipping, Yoshiko Ohara, Reg Bloor, Gnaw Knockdown Center 18+ $10 #RBMANYC
He makes melodies out of raspy chuckles and just audible-enough lyrics. Whiskey-soaked verses are sopped up with gospel-fused soul samples twice removed. We’re all family here. Carefully weaving a rich history into his music, Tree tells a tale that’s much grander than one would expect. The story of American soul, and it’s evolution to present day. A story every music fan should be familiar.
Perched in the dank stairwell of the historic South State Street record store and music venue, surrounded by exposed brick, masking taped posters, and stacks and stacks of old vinyl, Tree tells us the one thing he can’t live without, his soul records.
“Growing up, my father didn’t care for music being played on the radio, and even lesser about this new boom bam bop called hip hop. So he’d ride around with tapes playing Sly and the Family Stone, The Temptations, James Brown and stuff like that, just soul music.”
Creating a style all his own— one that incorporates billowy, head-bob worthy beats with and southern hi-hats and snippets from music’s rich historical roots— it’s safe to say, Tree is one of the most inventive producers in the game.
“When I started making beats, I didn’t really care for what was being made popular, especially sample-based music. I’d hear it and knew it could be done better and differently. I worked really hard to perfect my craft and create a new sound combining soul samples and southern trap with a bluesy tale/heartfelt account to create #soultrap.”
All I Need is One:
All I need is a soul record. That perfect soul sample. I gained notoriety with music writers and bloggers when I introduced my signature sound #soultrap, so for me, soul music is everything.
Aretha Franklin’s “Ain’t No Way” is the one. This joint is one of the songs you could hear around the house in my younger years while my mother was cooking or cleaning. I remember vividly this song being sung by my mom and aunts as they hung out in the living room at my grandma’s house after a family dinner, or what have you. After a few glasses of wine and beer, the family room turned into a Soul Train line where we’d all “step” (a form of dance invented in Chicago, mostly used by the older folks who loved dusties and soulful music) and sing oldies using brushes or what ever was handy as prop microphones, really just having a good time as a family.
The first of Tree’s upcoming Soultrap EP series, #TREESWAG a collaborative EP with Chris Crack, is out today.
Fusing lyrical prophecies with a heart-felt duet care of singer Ari’Jo, 17-year-old Atlanta artist Raury unveils his sultry new single, “Sunshine”.
To command such a presence, and to possess such talent manifested in a variety of forms at such a young age, there’s no denying Raury is one of the most intriguing acts of 2014. His new single, “Sunshine”, is the one-off dangled carrot that will not be featured on the singer/producer/visionary’s forthcoming Indigo Child EP. Instead, “Sunshine” is the juicy steak left unattended on the counter in old cartoons—its steam wafting up and tickling the nostrils of every creature in sight. And who could turn down a perfectly cooked steak? No one.
After attending his high school’s senior prom last weekend, the young poet claims “Sunshine” celebrates the culmination of that eventful night spent with that special someone. Featuring the vocals of Atlanta songstress Ari’Jo, on this new track Raury trades in his spoken word delivery characterised in “God’s Whisper” for melodic harmonies, quick-lipped flows and sparse guitar riffs that only add another layer of sexy to an already butterfly-inducing track.
If you’re like us and still want more, be sure to watch the first video from Raury’s pop-up show, Anti-tour. Who knows where he’ll show up next, we just know we want to be there when he does.
G FrshFalling High ft. Sonny Reeves
A perfect example of why you should never completely write-up UK rap, London MC G Frsh debuts the visual accompaniment to his hit song “Falling High.”
The single, featuring British singer Sonny Reeves debuted on i-D back in March, thrusting the duo into the internet limelight with over 30,000 plays in less than a month. Off-kilter beats and crystalline falsettos coupled with and melodic rhymes and fluctuating tempos make the number an intriguing first taste— one that leaves you thirsting for more. Watch the track’s black and white theatrics come to life on Youtube’s silverscreen above.
“Falling High” is the first single off G Frsh’s forthcoming Alfie EP.
Who is Spooky Black?
To be honest, I’m not quite sure yet. But don’t worry, I have a lot more on the Midwest suburbs (and internet’s) answer to Keith Sweat Y2K coming soon.
For now enjoy a collection of my favorite Lil’ Spook tracks including his collaborative project The Standard (made up of Lil Spooky, Psymun, Allen Kingdom and Bobby Raps)’stwo new singles, ‘Decisions’ and ‘Doors.’ Minnesota represent!