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Little Simz: Sometimes I Might Be Introvert – album + videoklip + Tiny Desk-koncert

2021. szeptember 6., 23:49

A nigériai származású londoni rapperlány Little Simz (született: Simbiatu Ajikawo, 1994) a magánkiadású 2015-ös A Curious Tale Of Trials + Persons és 2016-os Stillness In Wonderland albumai után dolgozott a Gorillazzal (Garage Palace) és a Kasabian-vezér Sergio Pizzorno társaságában is (Favourites), legutóbbi 2019-es Grey Area nagylemezét pedig a Little DragonMichael Kiwanuka és a Sault neo-soul kollektívából a zeneszerző-producer Inflo és Cleo Sol énekesnő segítségével készítette. Az utóbbiak visszatértek a monumentális Introvert és Woman klipdalokkal beharangozott negyedik albumához is, mely karrierje eddigi legjobb munkája lett.

A címének rövidítésében a művésznő Simbi becenevét rejtő Sometimes I Might Be Introvert lemez az NME- és Ivor Novello-díjas előző albumnak a hangzását bombasztikusabb, nagyzenekaribb, filmszerűbb, szélesvásznúbb formában vitte tovább (a dalok közti közjátékokban A korona tévésorozat Diana hercegnője, Emma Corrin brit színésznő a narrátor!), miközben a szövegek aprólékosabbak, önfeltáróbbak és személyesebbek lettek: Little Simz magánéleti élményei mellett baráti köre és családtagjai is szóba kerülnek (megkéselése után kómába került unokatestvére és otthonról korán lelépett apja is kapott tőle egy-egy számot). A családja érdekeinek védelméről szóló Point And Kill című afrobeat duetthez pedig még ősei földjére is elutazott a nigériai énekes Obongjayarral és a ghánai származású Ebeneza Blanche rendezővel klipet forgatni, melyben a 2013-as Cristo Rey dominikai filmdrámából elhíresült machetés nő a fiát pisztollyal fenyegető rendőrök ellen képkompozíciót is újrateremtik.

Huh, I do as I want
I do as I like
I no watch face
I no fear nobody, nobody

I do as I want
I do as I like
I no watch face
I no fear nobody, nobody

Point and kill
If I want it
Its mine
You can’t stop me hey

Family no go suffer oh
Inna my lifetime
Dey be fine do am proper
No lie lie
Give me strength let me prosper
Daddy say he want me to be lawyer abi doctor
Riff raff kiddi cohn
Window shopper
Oya fine boy
Take away auntie
Bougie ah Eleyi O wa fancy
When I see it I

Point and kill
If I want it
Its mine
You can’t stop me hey

You can’t stop me oh
You cant stop me
Point and kill
You can’t stop me oh
You cant stop me
Point and kill
You can’t stop me oh
You cant stop me
Point and kill
You can’t stop me oh
You cant stop me huh

I do as I want
I do as I like
I no watch face
I no fear nobody, nobody

Said I do as I want
I do as I like
I no watch face
I no fear nobody, no fear nobody

Emini paid what can you offer?
Snakes in the grass no trust am
Point and kill any impostor
Want me to appear
It go cost am
Smooth travel never stuck in customs
That’s in any city you can come and see it with me
Reality will hit you cos not everywhere is pretty
But for now bring the Naira come gimme
Can’t stop greatness what the point in trying
Hard not to recognise with all this pressure we applying
Tell me people rise up can never be silenced
You think were apologetic I think were defiant
Mummy say I gotta be a go go getter
Got the devil tryna temp me but I know better
Never been the type to not acknowledge all the signs
Its a fact that everything I want is in front of my eyes
So when I see it I

Point and kill
If I want it
Its mine
You can’t stop me huh

Point and kill
Point and kill
Point and kill

You can’t stop me oh
You cant stop me
Point and kill
You can’t stop me oh
You cant stop me
Point and kill
You can’t stop me oh
You cant stop me
Point and kill
You can’t stop me oh
You cant stop me

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Little Simz új albumának előző kislemezdala, az apja iránti ambivalens érzéseket megéneklő I Love You, I Hate You a júliusi videójával:

I love you
I hate you
I love you
I hate you
I love you

So much I would give my life for this
If the bullet was the beat I would probably die for this
How many times did I cry for this?
I would hate myself if I didn’t at least try for this
What’s at stake is bigger than me
Blood tears how it stains can’t rid it with ease
What we have in common is our pain we’re given the keys
To unlock what it takes to fight for what we believe in
Hard to confront the truth of what you see in the mirror
Some people you inspire and others you trigger
Fighting in blind faith led by the internal voice
You might not wanna do it but you don’t have a choice
Will the pressure take me to new heights or be my demise
Will my intentions coincide with what I advise
The people looking up to me doing everything right
But who am I to tell anyone how to live their life?
Your pain threshold will determine if you survive
I’m amazed by it
Lying to myself pretending I was never phased by it
Maybe cos you’re in my DNA that’s why

I love you
I hate you
I love you
Sometimes I hate you
Always I love you
But right now I hate you
I love you
I hate you

You made a promise to God to be there for your kids
You made a promise to give them a life you didn’t live
My ego won’t fully allow me to say that I miss you
A woman who hasn’t confronted all her daddy issues
The day would come when you gotta find all the answers to your sins
Pressures of providing feeling unhappy within
Or what kind of external family shit up on your plate
But I understand wanting and needing an escape
Too much unsaid now the silence giving me headaches
Only through speech can we let go of all this dead weight
Even though I’m angry don’t wanna be disrespectful
Tryna figure out how to approach this in the best way
Hard to not carry these feelings even on my best days
Never thought my parent would give me my first heartbreak
Anxiety giving me irregular heart rate
Used to avoid getting into how I really feel about this now I see how fickle life can be and so it can’t wait
Shoulda been the person there to hold me on my dark days
It’s easier to stargaze
And wish than be faced with this reality
Is you a sperm donor or a dad to me and still

I love you
I hate you
I love you
I hate you
Always I love you
But right now I hate you
Always I love you
I hate you

On this mission you live and you learn
The world don’t show you no mercy from birth
How do you humanise your hero?
Round here you’re only respected if earned
Half hearted sorry’s cant let your guard down
To get to nirvana where do you start out?
Angry cos they don’t meet your unrealistic standards
Then you realise that they’re human and you calm down
Sometimes I’m unbalanced and I think rah why am I losing my steps?
Lately I’m paranoid I feel my life is a mess
I’m just using my voice hope it will have an effect
He was just once a boy I often seem to forget
Looking at Polaroid’s of pictures secretly kept
You know what was destroyed but you don’t know what was left
Tryna phase out the noise of all you hear in your head
Everything is a choice and anything can be said
Is you missing the point are you just hearing me vent?
Or is you in understanding knowing my words will connect?
I keep you in my prayers cos life is short as we know
Every mistake you make should contribute to your growth
What you choose to avoid will probably come in your dreams
I’m not forgiving for you man I’m forgiving for me

And sometimes
I love you
I hate you
Sometimes I love you
Sometimes I hate you
Always I love you
I hate you
I love you
I hate you

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a 2017-es Tiny Desk Concertje után Simz múlt héten a járványhelyzethez igazított Tiny Desk (Home) Concert szériában is fellépett:

“Introvert”
“I Love You, I Hate You”
“Point And Kill” (feat, Obongjayar)
“Woman”

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a teljes 19 számos Sometimes I Might Be Introvert album itt hallható:

01. ‘Introvert’
02. ‘Woman’ (feat. Cleo Sol)
03. ‘Two Worlds Apart’
04. ‘I Love You, I Hate You’
05. ‘Little Q Pt 1’ (Interlude)
06. ‘Little Q Pt 2’
07. ‘Gems’ (Interlude)
08. ‘Speed’
09. ‘Standing Ovation’
10. ‘I See You’
11. ‘The Rapper That Came To Tea’ (Interlude)
12. ‘Rollin Stone’
13. ‘Protect My Energy’
14. ‘Never Make Promises’ (Interlude)
15. ‘Point And Kill’ (feat. Obongjayar)
16. ‘Fear No Man’
17. ‘The Garden’ (Interlude)
18. ‘How Did You Get Here’
19. ‘Miss Understood’

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Little Simz augusztus 11-én egy sztárparádés Gorillaz-koncert egyik fellépőjeként a londoni O2 Arenában:

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Fever Ray: Carbon Dioxide – újabb dal az öt év után érkező új Radical Romantics albumról
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dEUS: Must Have Been New – a tíz év után érkező új How To Replace It albumról
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