For a special edition of our ongoing Meet the Muse series, we went over to London to profile rising UK rapper Little Simz. At just 21, the game-changing musician has already made her mark on a global scale; producing a series of critically acclaimed mixtapes and EPS which have made her one to watch by the likes of VEVO, Red Bull, The Independent, BBC and The Guardian. With a bevy of award nominations that include BET, MOBO and Gille Peterson's Worldwide Awards - where she recently scooped up the Breakthrough Artist of the Year trophy - Simz has garnered public support from hip-hop legends and peers alike, including a noteworthy co-sign from Kendrick Lamar who stated "She might be one of the illest doing it right now" on BBC Radio 1.
Fresh off the release of her debut LP A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons, we asked Little Simz a handful of questions in order to get to know her a little more and see what's on her musical agenda. See what she had to say below and check out our previous installment with German beauty Anne Mühlmeier.
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How old were you when you realized that you wanted to pursue music as a profession?
I first started at the age of nine years old, but I was 14 years old when I decided that making music wasn't a hobby and it was the only thing I really wanted to do for the rest of my life.
How did you come to this realization?
I've always been a performing arts kid, whether it was acting or dance, but music and rapping always were the most powerful and captivating aspects of the arts for me; while I was performing at my youth club and local shows, the music eclipsed everything.
Favorite city you've played in so far?
That's a tough one. I can't really answer that as everywhere is different and brings it's own vibes and energy, which I really appreciate. So I love them all.
Favorite artists at the moment?
My SPACE AGE and AGE 101 family: Tilla Arcé, Josh Arcé, Chuck 20, Smurks and OTG. Aside from them there are so many right now making great music, from Stormzy to Tiffany Gouche to Kendrick Lamar. Too many to name right now.
What are your five essential items to bring when touring?
My in-ears, Body Butter from Body Shop, headphones, laptop and prayer beads.
Favorite album of all time?
What would you say is the biggest difference between U.S. and UK rap scenes?
I don't think of music in terms of countries or borders.
I don't think I have a dream collab right now.
What do you want to achieve in the next five years?
I'm not really thinking about it. I'm currently trying to enjoy the present.
In one word, how would you like a listener to feel after they've listened to your music?
Check out our more in-depth interview with Little Simz to hear what she had to say about Missy Elliot, female comparisons in hip-hop and her rise to fame. Also, be sure to purchase her debut album - A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons - over on iTunes.