After the success of the Mercury-prize nominated GREY Area last year, the UK rap scene and beyond were waiting with bated breath for what Little Simz might produce next. And now we have our answer. Drop 6 oozes confidence and is full of masterful lyricism and catchy hooks to keep you coming back for more.

Written and recorded entirely in lockdown, the five tracks are evidence that creativity can help overcome times like these.

In a detailed statement, Little Simz opened up to fans about the journey to finishing the EP. “After serious procrastination I decided to stop being a lil bitch and cry baby and knuckle down on the EP. I gassed myself up, there’s no one else here, I’m alone, I had to,” she said.

Little Simz’ ability to tap into her vulnerabilities is part of what makes her lyrics exceptional. Her quick-fire rhymes are honest, poetic and sprinkled with bars of likeable cockiness. “You ain’t seen no one like me since Lauryn Hill back in the ’90s”, she announces on ‘might bang, might not’. This confidence juxtaposed with vulnerability is what gives Simz her lyrical range. She paints a picture of the power that comes from drawing strength from struggles.

In ‘one life, might live’, a thick bass melody compliments Simz’ measured delivery, before dropping out to an archetypal Simz-esque hook, complete with a heavy drumbeat and distorted harmonies. This ability to switch up the vibe of a record by layering genres is what makes Drop 6, so enticing.

The final track ‘where’s my lighter’, features the transcendent vocals of Alewya, accompanied by raw bars and piano – a soulful sound which rounds off an EP which is all about showing off range.

Not one track sounds the same on Drop 6, but there is consistency in the bars and bassline, Little Simz had already confirmed her place amongst the greats of the UK rap scene, but Drop 6 reminds us she is here to stay.

Drop 6 is available to stream now and a track-by-track listening session will be live from 7pm BST this evening (07 May) on YouTube, Twitter & Facebook, followed by followed by a Q&A with fans.

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