Little Simz has announced her much-awaited return in emphatic style, with new single, ‘Introvert’.
Last year Simz shared the EP, Drop 6, and before unleashing ‘Introvert’, the only music that the Londoner has given fans since her Mercury nominated third album, Grey Area, in 2019. Her last album was the rapper’s most complete record to date and was one of the year’s standout albums, proving that she is one of the hardest rappers in the UK.
Following an album as clinical as Grey Area was always going to be a challenge, but on ‘Introvert’, Simz has progressed her sound further. The orchestral number is a biblical way for the 27-year-old to announce that she’s back in town.
On the track, Simz takes a moment of deep reflection of her unhappiness, despite everything looking rosy from the outside. She raps: “One day I’m wordless, next day I’m a wordsmith, Close to success, but to happiness I’m the furthest, At night I wonder if my tears will dry on their own, Hoping I will fulfil Amy’s purpose, Angel said, ‘Don’t let your ego be a disturbance’, Inner demon said, ‘Motherfucker, you earned this'”.
The lyrical themes of the track align with what Simz told The Observer in an interview last weekend. She said: “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,” Simz continued, “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.”
Even though Simbi Ajikawo is a self-professed introvert in day-to-day life, when she picks up a microphone and transforms into Little Simz, you need to hang on to every last word that leaves her mouth. Every rhyme feels precise, and the heavenly instrumentals make ‘Introvert’ even more majestic. This one is heading skyward and Little Simz is going with it.