Simbi Ajikawo AKA Little Simz, 21, is an English rapper, musician, actress and singer.
Following the release of four mixtapes and five EPs, she released her debut album A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons on 18 September 2015 through her independent label, “AGE: 101 Music”. The album entered the UK R&B Albums Chart at number 20 and the UK Indie Albums Chart at number 43.
Forbes reports: “Boasting endorsements from hip-hop royalty–Jay Z premiered a mixtape on his website back in 2013, while Grammy-award-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar called her the “illest doing it right now,”–her challenging track, “Dead Body,” peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart.”
She’s been writing songs before she turned 13 and has dropped eight mixtapes on her Bandcamp page—seven solo and one with her tight knit group of friends, Space Age.
Simz studied at Highbury Fields School in London. She went on to attend St Mary’s Youth Club in Upper Street, Islington, where pop stars Leona Lewis and Alexandra Burke also attended. Simz later studied at Westminster Kingsway College and pursued her music career from there.
After several months of auditioning by the BBC for the show Spirit Warriors, it was announced in June 2009 that Simz had been cast in the supporting role of Vicky.
In 2012, Simz joined the cast of E4 (TV channel)’s TV series Youngers as Meleka.
Simz is often nicknamed “Bars Simzson”. She describes her music as rap and experimental.
Simz has performed alongside Estelle, Tinie Tempah and Ms. Dynamite.
Simz has performed at Rising Tide, ILUVLIVE, Industry Takeover (Urban Development) Hackney Empire, Somerset House and the House of Lords. She also performed at the BBC 1Xtra Prom 2015 at the Royal Albert Hall, alongside a full orchestra led by Jules Buckley.
Simz can be heard on the Leave to Remain film soundtrack, performing the song “Leave It As That”. In early 2013, she appeared on BBC Radio 1 Xtra to discuss her performance at the Hackney Weekend.
Simz then went on to do a Maida vale session for Huw Stephens, and has since gone on to receive critical acclaim from the likes of Zane Lowe, Dizzee Rascal and Revolt TV.
In a recent interview with The Guardian Simz was asked if she sees a future as the UK’s biggest female MC. She answered, “I’m not a UK female MC. I’m an artist. I’m a musician. I’m not someone you can put in a box.”
“I’m just a bit of a dreamer and I get really in my thoughts. I get so deep with myself at times it’s almost very scary.”