Hi, I'm Andriana, but my friends call me Dre. Just a fan, with an ear for what's good. Coming up in tha game just in time to get old and die.
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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.
My Monday has been consumed with the dark and alluring sounds of Matthew Barnes aka Forest Swords brand new Fact Mix. Get on it.
Tracklist: Forest Swords – Gathering Ex-Easter Island Head – Mallet Guitars Two David Borden – Enfield In Winter Fatima Al Quadri – Szechuan Phil France – The Swimmer Wild Beasts – Pregnant Pause Vatican Shadow – Encryption Nets Hercules and Love Affair ft John Grant – I Try To Talk To You August Alsina – I Luv This Shit ft Trinidad James Jeremih – Raindrops Travi$ Scott – Upper Echelon ft T.I & 2Chainz Ben Frost – Secant Adrian Sherwood – Starship Bahia Frida – I See Red Peaking Lights – LO HI Love Joys – Stranger Susan Cadogan – Nice and Easy Janet Jackson – Love Will Never Do (Without You) Jade – Don’t Walk Away copeland – Advice To Young Girls Neneh Cherry – Blank Project Dutch E Germ – Rani Actress – Time Muslimgauze – Every Grain of Palestinian Sand Sd Laika – Meshes Boothroyd – NYC Raime – The Last Foundry Unknown – Thor’s Stone No Love (Forest Swords ft MC Ride) Richard Skelton – River Song Steindór Andersen – Stephansson: Rammislagur
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).
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.
Best New Music: MoiréNo Gravity
Werkdiscs is always a win in my book. The Ninjatune imprint headed by avant-garde music gawd Actress, signs one new act a year at most, and then takes several more years to allow that artist to develop and showcase their craft. Their latest signee, Moiré is on the top of the creative-brilliance-in-the-making foodchain. His work is unconventional beauty at it’s finest. Don’t sleep.
Obsessed with the new Jim-E Stack track ‘Reassuring.’ His signature droopy synths are like deep jabs into whatever feelings you’re pretending you don’t have. You can’t help but feel something.
I asked him to play a party I threw last year when I first moved to New York. He said yes, and then cancelled the day of. Maybe he was busy working on this album.
Tracklisting: 1. Somewheres 2. Run 3. Below 4. Reassuring 5. Everything to Say 6. Is It me 7. Out of Mind 8. Ease Up 9. Without 10. Wake
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.
More than a decade old, and Nas’ “One Mic” is still one of the most poignant songs in hip hop history. The opening line struck a chord with his audience, becoming a landmark phrase within the culture at large.
For artists looking to break out today, the thirst is more than real. The idea of being able to shake up the status quo through their sound sits at the forefront of the ever-evolving landscape. This idea that one person can make an impact, that all they need is “one mic, one beat, one stage…” still resonates.
Mass Appeal asked our favorite musical acts “What’s one item they can’t live without?” For some, it’s something they always take with them on stage, for others, it’s just something they got as a kid and can’t let go. Join us, as we shine the spotlight on these artists’ stories and photos behind the item they can’t live without.
Sunny days spent basking in the hours that came before, that’s how Swedish-born, now London-based singer Fatima wants you to feel when you listen to her sultry drawls. Like a warm embrace enveloping you whole, there’s a word for a sound so pure: Timeless. Filling her musical horn of plenty with a lifetime of genre-spanning influences, late nights in underground clubs, and grin-inducing memories of her childhood in Sweden, Fatima explores the depths of history with her words.
“I moved to London seven and a half years ago, so during those years I’ve experienced a lot of different styles here in the city. I used to go out to club nights like Deviation, for example, run by a DJ over here called Benji B. And a club called Plastic People, which used to have all kinds of club nights. They used to play Broken Beat, Dubstep, and all kinds of things before it was popular— when it was just raw, really fresh and inspiring. I used to go to a lot of these nights and get all these new influences, and it really opened my mind to a lot of new sounds.”
On her debut LP, Yellow Memories, the Eglo Records artist blends soul, synths, and raw talent, to create a sunny glow over unexpected beats. Fusing new with the old, the result is something extremely special— something that holds you tight and promises to never let go no matter how often the tides change.
“It’s like my whole life. It’s like everything that I listened to, from when I was a child to now. It’s like all my past experiences listening to stuff. All the soul music, to stuff I listened to growing up like Lauryn Hill, SWV, Aaliyah, Erykah Badu to more present stuff. A lot of R&B music and I listen to a whole lot of hip hop. So it can be anything from Wu-Tang to Madlib, Tribe Called Quest, all the stuff from the ‘Golden Era.’ The list is so long.”
Drawing on the vast sounds of her surroundings— instead of trying to imitate what she was hearing in the clubs and on the radio— Fatima absorbed those influences into a world of her own.
“I’m just a fiend for different sounds and new artists. I’m always checking out new things, I just love music so much. There’s too much music to check out. Plus most of my friends, they are DJs, so they always put me on to a lot of new, and old stuff. I know some people do that, they just listen to their own stuff, and maybe it’s a good thing. But I’m just addicted to checking out new stuff all the time. You just want to stay inspired you know?”
“All I need is… my cassette tape player. Well basically, there’s a few different things I can’t live without. But to be honest, when I was thinking about this one… it’s like, I’ve had this cassette player since I was really young. I don’t even remember how old I was when I got it. It’s basically got like crazy effects, and bomb sounds [Laughs]. You can basically talk into the microphone and record on it, or just listen to cassettes and play around with effects. I always used to do loads of recording on cassettes when I was a kid. So for me, it’s kinda like a little nostalgic in that sense. It symbolizes analog sounds, and I just really miss that, in general.
It just takes me back to the time when you used to sit and make mixtapes and the sound was sometimes a little bit crackly, sometimes the cassette got a little messed up so you have to pull the whole thing out with a pen [Laughs]. So it just takes me back to that time, and I don’t want to let it go, because I love it so much.”
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“I’m not against digital, analog— I just always gravitate to that more. I just feel like in general, it feels warmer and it’s got a little bit more soul to it. It’s got like a little more charm and feels a bit more alive in a way. It’s just not as cold and perfectly clean.
I still love today’s technology and the speed of it and what you can do with it. I think it’s amazing. You know, I think I try to find a balance between the two, but I think analog is always going to be close to my heart.
Fatima’s Yellow Memories LP is out this week via Eglo Records.
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.
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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
Read my recent interview with my talented pal, Young & Sick. He’s on tour all summer, so be sure to catch him!
There’s something really special about making the music you want to make, exactly the way you want to make it. In 2014, it’s not just about defining your sound, it’s about defining your image and “brand,” and all the while working to maintain a sense of artistic freedom (and dignity). Some artists are better at it than others, and for the true masters, the idea of compromise never even crosses their mind.
For singer, producer and visual artist Nick Van Hofwegen aka Young & Sick, his story begins with a big of luck and a lot of talent. But isn’t that how these stories are supposed to start out? Worldly travels and chance encounters afforded him the ability to develop and nurture a sound he can truly call all his own. From glossy pop ballads to soulful, hazy love songs drifting out from underneath a stack of vintage records, Young & Sick’s sound is one that strikes a chord in music fans of every variety.
Earlier this year, Van Hofwegen released his debut self-titled LP on Harvest Records. A beautifully produced menagerie of love songs covering every emotion that goes along with it. Worn and grazed in all the right places after trips to SXSW and Coachella, Young & Sick now readies his Continuum EP, as well as several European dates.
Join us as we uncover the mystery and peel back the layers behind multi-faceted artist Young & Sick.