After releasing her molten hot new album, Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, Little Simz has announced a North American tour set to kick off May, 2022. The 10-date tour will begin in Portland, OR and end in New York City, NY. Along the way she will make stops up and down the east and west coasts with a Los Angeles date at the El Rey Theatre on May 11. Pre-sale tickets for Simz L.A. date drop Wednesday, Sept. 22 with general sales beginning Friday, Sept. 24. Check out all the Little Simz tour dates!
With four albums under her belt, Little Simz is quickly becoming an established artist, known for her spitfire rapping style, intricate lyrics that often hold a critique or commentary on society and fame and a no holds barred attitude. Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, produced by Inflo in L.A. and London and released earlier this month, is no exception. This time around, Little Simz turns her critical eye inward to reflect on the effects fame has had on her and her loved ones. Taking the theme of artist versus person, or art versus life, Little Simz asks herself difficult and intimate questions to find meaningful answers and action.
“As I started making the album and properly piecing together the songs, it seemed like a recurring theme that kept coming back,” says Little Simz. “Sometimes it feels like these two parts of me are at war within the same body. I need to find a way to make them coexist in harmony. I had a lot of honest conversations with the people closest to me about about how my life and my success has changed our relationships. There have been times someone might have needed me on a personal front and I’ve had to do something work related. Sometimes I think back on those occasions and I don’t even remember what the work was, but I remember that person needed me, so which one is more important?”
Whether analyzing Little Simz as the artist, or Simbi, the person behind the performer, the album also explores themes of personal pain and beauty. Little Simz, for the first time, reveals traumas from her past, and through sharing them, she builds a space in which to deal with and get past the built up anger and frustration. She also speaks of the tenderness of love and the uniting power of celebrating women around the world.
All throughout these interweaving concepts, Little Simz paints a musically broad picture, slipping between neo-soul inspired singles, sweeping orchestra backed numbers, graceful interludes and raucous hip hop and rap intersections indicative of the early 2000s.
With artist collaborations including Cleo Sol, Obongjayar and “The Crown” actress Emma Corrin, the 19-track album is an ambitious piece of work that boldly intertwines intimacy and vulnerability with an unabashed and vocal strength and confidence.
Words: Patti Sanchez