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Grey Area

Little Simz

Grey Area

Third album of soulful hip-hop from London-rapper Simbiatu Ajikawo

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Age 101
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  1. 10.0 |   The Independent

    What Simz does here is phenomenal. This is an album – and artist – to cherish
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  2. 10.0 |   NME

    Ajikawo has come true on her early promise with this confident and unapologetic album, the best rap record of the year so far
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  3. 10.0 |   Evening Standard

    Producer Inflo has helped craft a sound that’s her own: taut funk breakbeats, gnarly industrial bass, jazzy flutes and horns. It allows room for introspection and playfulness too
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  4. 9.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Little Simz is a big deal
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  5. 9.0 |   Clash

    She’s developed from an MC into a true artist
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  6. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    If you listen to any Little Simz track, you'll know instantly she's a great MC, but with this project she has stepped beyond that to become a uniquely gifted artist. An incredible album
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  7. 9.0 |   The Music

    Intense, inventive, and earnest, a rare rap album where bluster gives way to bluntness and bravado isn’t bragging but actually brave
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  8. 8.1 |   Pitchfork

    A wickedly assured, highly entertaining, coming-of-age marvel
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  9. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    GREY Area reveals a young rapper who has seen success in her career, but is still sorting herself out in her real life
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  10. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    A smart and satisfying record
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  11. 8.0 |   DIY

    An unflinching look at what such a sudden rise can do to a young person
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  12. 8.0 |   Q

    Thrilling, thoughtful and unrestrained by existing rap templates, Grey Area confirms Little Simz as an artist who is increasingly difficult to dismiss. Print edition only

  13. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Rap maverick finally finds her groove
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  14. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    At once soft and hard, fiery and vulnerable, Grey Area finds Little Simz thriving in her multi-facetedness
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  15. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Recruiting producer and childhood friend Inflo she has expanded her musical palette so that ‘GREY Area’ includes contributions from string quartets, flautists and vocalists who complement Ajikawo’s expert knack for sampling in an altogether lusher landscape
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