Although Little Simz has been around for a while now, something clicked into place when she dropped her Blank Canvas mixtape last year. Since then we’ve seen her popping up all over the world, grabbing co-signs from all of your favourite rappers, and dropping great music to back it up.
Since it was announced we’ve been excited to hear E.D.G.E EP – her first all original full-length, with all new production and no beats stolen from the Internet. But when it dropped a couple of weeks ago, we still weren’t ready for it. The quality and cohesion is outstanding on E.D.G.E and we can’t stop recommending it. And you can leave any gender, age and location gimmicks out of the equation!
We loved it so much we had to jump on the phone with Simz, who was already back in the studio, a few days after its release, to talk about the process behind the record, the advice she’s been given by Isaiah Rashad, her Space Age collective and more…
You just dropped E.D.G.E a few days ago, how has the reaction been?
It’s been crazy man. It’s my first original project, so it’s completely my sound and to see and hear the reactions of people taking to that has been crazy, online, offline, everywhere, it’s just been immense.
How has this release differed from when you put out Blank Canvas last year?
100%. Blank Canvas was a mixtape, it wasn’t all original, some of the beats I found online and such, it didn’t take as long to create as E.D.G.E. With E.D.G.E because it was a concept project and it had a theme, it was harder to piece that – and bearing in mind that I pretty much recorded and mixed everything in my bedroom – it was hard to get right. And to also give people what I want them to hear, which is the hardest thing because obviously everybody’s going to interpret it in different ways and such, and they still do, but I’m just glad the messages I put across, people actually got them and understood them.