Landing major roles in the UK’s hit TV shows Spirit Warriors and Youngers, opening for Schoolboy Q on the European leg of his Oxymoron tour, and most recently, self-releasing her fantastic E.D.G.E. EP, Little Simz has solidified herself as a force to be reckoned with. After hearing any of her complex lyrics and triple-time flows, there’s no doubt the talented 20-year-old is wise beyond her years. But does that thought process also hold true for life’s every day questions? Mass Appeal sought to find out. We recently sat down with the UK’s princess of hip-hop to play a game of 20 Questions.
1. So you’ve been writing, dancing and acting since the age of 9, what made you want to start rapping?
For me it was just exploring different elements of performing arts. I was never too… let’s say, talented in the singing area. Haha. At the time anyway, so it was just another form of expression for me to write raps and rap poetry.
2. You’ve mentioned you play guitar, what’s the first song you learned to play on the guitar?
I think it may have been Nelly, “Just a Dream.” Only because it was like four chords and it was the easiest thing to learn.
3. Did you have any musical inspirations when you were writing EDGE?
At the time I was listening to a lot of Tracy Chapman actually. In terms of song writing, and just looking at how she kind of puts together songs and writes them, and the fact that everything has a meaning. I wanted to be a lot more conceptual in terms of what I’m talking about as opposed to just talking about ‘I’m the best thing coming out of UK and no one can test me,’ ya know? So just trying to challenge myself in that aspect.
4. If you could vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Bahamas or Hawaii.
5. What has been the proudest moment of your life so far?
My mom telling me she seen me on tely.
6. Who is your favorite character on the Simpsons?
Bart. Yes. 100%. I just like that fact that he is so rebellious and just has a cheeky attitude. In real life I don’t really like kids like that, but in a cartoon it’s quite funny, so definitely Bart.
7. What are your hardest bars to date?
My hardest to rap physically and to perform live would probably ‘Bars Simzon’ because obviously the speed, and how many fucking metaphors and syllables are in one word, and to get it on time, it’s pretty difficult. Plus to time it up on stage, with the crowd.
8. Do you have a verse that you think is your best to date?
Ah, my best is yet to come.
9. Who is your idol?
10. What can people expect to find on your Instagram?
I suppose what I’m doing in life. I’ve come across so many Instagram pages that are either just a bunch of selfies, which I think ‘Yo, vanity has got the best of you’ and then I come across Instagram pages that are just pictures—like I would never see what the person looks like, it’s just pictures of literally whatever they see. It could be a picture of an ocean, a tree, and I like them type of pages.
My Instagram will be a picture of me with someone in the studio or just whatever I’m doing at the time, just to keep people updated, letting them know what I’m doing. I can’t lie, I take the occasional selfie, but you wouldn’t scroll down my profile and every single picture is of me.
11. Do you have a favorite Instagram to follow?
There is an Instagram called Travel Pancakes. Yeah, it’s a weird name right? But her photos are so sick, I enjoy looking at her photos. And as well, my friend Tilla, his Instagram is tight. He’s 16 but he just has, his vision as far as what he captures is just tight.
12. What was it about Odd Future that initially drew you to them?
I think I just like things that are different, and a bit left. And I like the fact that they do everything they’re own way, and they’re sort of, I get the impression they don’t answer to anyone, and they don’t like answering to anyone. And I’m very much like that. I hate being told what to do, and I’m just that person ya know. And I get that, and I’ve not met all of them, but just being a fan of them in general, they just have that attitude that they make the music they want to make, they put out what they want to put out, and everything’s just done how they want to do it, and I totally respect that.
13. What’s the last great show you went to?
Probably the “Would You Like A Tour?” show. The Drake tour. Yeah that was tight. That was so sick.
14. What goes through your mind just before you hit the stage to perform?
I knew I should have went to the toilet.
15. Do you have a good luck charm?
I actually don’t. Actually, cos I’m Muslim, so sometimes when I go on stage I have praying beads in my pocket. And yeah I’ll just have it on me when I’m traveling, when I’m on a plane I’ll just have them with me in my pocket.
16. If earth could only have one condiment for the rest of time, what would you pick to keep around?
Ketchup. I eat everything with ketchup.
17. What movie or show remake would you want to star in?
New Girl. Too funny.
18. Do you have a go-to party song?
Future “My Momma”
19. If you had to pick a food or a dish to describe your sound, what would you pick and why?
Risotto. It’s like rice and like creamy. The reason why is because when, basically my manager ordered it and I looked at it and I was like, ‘Uuhhh na, why would you order that?’ Cos it just looked really… it looked a bit like baby food, like just the way it was all mushed together, and I don’t know I just didn’t like the look of it… until I tasted it. I was like ‘Yo, why did I not order that?’ And me, I don’t like trying new things, especially when it comes to food, I just kind of stick to what I know. So I guess that would be a way to describe my music. People like, they hear a female rapper, and they already have their preconceived ideas and their judgments, but that’s until they actually press play. Same way, until I actually tried the food, you like it.
20. What’s the one thing everyone should know about Little Simz?
That I’m a Pisces and I believe a lot in star signs, and that I’m coming to take over everything.
Little Simz plays NYC next month. Details coming soon.
@itsadredogg lives in Brooklyn, but met all of her friends online.