Little Simz has announced a new album, Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, and has detailed the inspirations behind the LP to The Observer.
“I spent the time doing what everyone was doing really, just reflecting,” Simz explained. “I know that I’m quiet, innit? …I’m just very to myself and I didn’t know how to really navigate that, especially coming in this industry where you’re expected to have this extroverted persona all the time. I wanted to just let people know like, yo, I’m actually this way inclined…being this introverted person that has all these crazy thoughts and ideas and theories in my head and not always feeling like I’m able to express it if it’s not through my art.”
Musicians, especially rappers it seems, tend to have fascinating contrasts between their private feelings and their public personas. As a genre built upon braggadocio and unwavering confidence, it’s not often you see a hip-hop artist discussing their own personal desire to just be left alone. Being quiet and reserved isn’t exactly an asset when you’re projecting to hundreds of thousands of listeners, so it’s refreshing to see Simz bring us into her mindset and the comfort she seems to have different personalities for different situations.
The London-based artist already has a discography that can rival any other 27-year-old’s, to the extent that 2019’s GREY Area felt more like a coronation than an introduction. That album, filled to the brim with jazzy breakbeat samples, soulful backing tracks, and memorable vocal lines, is an LP that rewards multiple listens due to its dense nature and brief run time. It’s a high bar to clear, but it makes me excited to see what Simz has in store.
Sometimes I Might Be Introvert is scheduled for an April 23rd release. In the absence of any new music to preview, I’m just linking GREY Area down below because I like it so much.