Little Simz

Female hip hop contender Little Simz has had a big 2014 with props from Jay Z and MOBO nominations as best newcomer and best hip hop. Get to know this fiery new talent…

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 20 Oct 2014
  • min read
Who? To her mum, Little Simz is Simbi Ajikawo.

What? Jay-Z endorsed, punchy, experimental hip hop star of tomorrow.

From where? The streets of Islington, London.

What’s the story? 20 year old Little Simz is proving to be a serious new contender if the amount of plaudits she’s bagged in her short career to date are anything to go by.

After a few self-released mix tapes, her fourth - Blank Canvas – was picked up and debuted by Jay-Z’s Life and Times website. Such an endorsement opened doors and ears to her fresh lyrical flow and conscious content. Little Simz ended up performing at SXSW and jumping into studio sessions with the likes of Dizzee Rascal and Kelela.

Her debut E.D.G.E EP was unveiled by Billboard Magazine back in June and has gone down a storm in the hip hop world with tracks racking up huge amounts of listens on Soundcloud. She’s since spent the year performing all over the world with shows in Los Angeles, New York and across Europe. Two further EPs in her Age 101: Drop series have seen her being championed by the likes of Zane Lowe, DJ Target and Charlie Sloth.

Not only that but Simz has now been nominated for two MOBO Awards at the awards on 22 October. She’s been shortlisted for best hip hop act and best newcomer, both of which are phenomenal feats considering she’s the only unsigned artist in the newcomer category and only female in the hip hop. Watch out for the awards on 22 October to see how she does...

Sound like? The London-born offspring of Kendrick Lamar and Lauryn Hill.

Predicted to? Become a bona fide British hip hop star both at home and on the over side of the pond.

Must hear? Bars Simzson shows Simz at her most potent. It’s fiery and fast with out there production from Chicago whizz Hank Irving. Check it below…

What’s next? Headline UK tour early next year. Expect to see her name in the critic lists of top tips for 2015 super stardom…

Listen to our MOBO Awards playlist compiled by team behind the event.