Little Simz - GREY Area
GREY Area
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BuffaloStaple
83
She Done Snapped On This One™
fakeplasticrose
92
I absolutely fucking love this jesus christ
This is an album I've often imagined in my head in actual existence... wow.

Edit : fuck it this is a 9
PreeMo
86
If you told me, March 1, that I'll prefer an UK-rap album over Solange's new project...I would've laughed...HARD...

Now I'm here giving this a score which implies that my disappointment with the empty "When I Get Home" got cured...

Will definitely be one of the best rap albums this year...
luna128
75
if you dont like UK Rap youre a coward
smallpeeble
95
well, damn.. venom woke me up.

edit: y'all this deserves a higher score. i just saw her performance of venom on COLORS and omg im still shookt. she's remarkable. istg
here's the link if y'all want to watch!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kh8Q2iytzns&feature=youtu.be

faves:
1. boss
2. selfish
3. wounds
4. venom
5. pressure
6. 101 FM
Plats
96
Goddammit Little Simz is just too capable of a rapper for this world! Her flows and delivery are potent as hell and her lyrics are sharp and intriguing! But this wouldn't be a terrific hip hop record if she wasn't so on point with the outstanding production too, which forgoes modern rap cliches in favor of great live instrumentation. Overall, this is one of the most forward-thinking rap records of the year!

Fav Tracks: Boss, Selfish, Venom, Offence, Wounds, Pressure, Flowers

Least Fav Track: ... read more
JoaoSantos
79
ok ok so people actually dislike UK rap? WHY THE FUCK?
Strangelightsyd
88
Yeah, this is gonna be my TA13OO of 2019, I already know.
(Not in the sense that they sound alike, just in the sense that it's just a really goddamn excellent hip hop album.)
Honestly, it's albums like these that make me happy I stopped having a prejudice against hip hop in the first place.
morningsbell
91
I'm late but holy shit

Let me elaborate: The sound of this album is something that I really wanted to hear more of in hip hop. It's energetic in a swaggering but humble way, with just enough organic feels to not lose its slick experimental qualities. Despite only being 35 minutes, this album compacts so much great ideas and sounds.
AZIZ
85
As a longtime hater of UK Rap music I find this album to be great. Fuck The Streets, Young Fathers and MIA this is what the UK hip-hop music scene should be.
eliiiiiiii
90
Little Simz most finnest work yet.
In this record, she pushes her characteristic flow and rapping style to the limit, bringing some of the best, most energetic, agressive and catchy tracks that she ever pulled out ("Boss" is a very good example)
Music-wise, this album is a great evolution from "Stilness In Wonderland", and probably the best rap album of the year yet.

Edit: My original score was 87, but I came back to this album multiple times today, and heck it, this album ... read more
Space Vacation
87
Deserves to be the album of the year so far.
Boss is my track of the year. Fucking hype.
KIDWITHGUNs
84
Solid

Praying for another collaboration between her and Gorillaz again in the future.

Best: Selfish, Wounds, Pressure, Sherbet Sunset, Flowers

Weakest: Nope.. everyone is gonna start complaining even though it's my opinion. (F all of you)
JakeAnderson
78
This is a perfect example of an album that does not necessarily fit my taste, but is seemingly objectively good. The production on this album is very good, and is mainly focused around traditional, yet unique hip hop beats with noticeable backing voice tracks layered behind drums; and an array of other instruments on later tracks of the album. There is not a single beat on this album that I don't like; and both the writing and overall composition of the album are fantastic. However, Little Simz ... read more
ElectricMess
81
Grew on me a little bit. I can't say I'm head over heels in love with GREY Area, but it's probably the tightest rap album of 2019 so far. The production is hard-hitting yet smooth, the hooks almost always land (particularly on Selfish), and Simz herself is always on point. I don't know how this will hold up once the year kicks into high gear (hopefully soon), as I can see it either growing on me even more or souring, but for now it's definitely an early highlight.
playlistwizard
79
The score is probably gonna go up.
Damn this changed my whole opinion on UK (specifically English) rappers in general.
MiaWatterson
85
2nd time listening to it and heeellll yeahhhh
itsyahboinoah
86
its good....but not that good if you catch my drift

Edit: sikes...its great :)
Benny
83
I think Little Simz is the best UK rapper out rn
A lot of people don't like UK Rap cuz of the accent but im fine with the accent,this is one of the best grime albums i ever heard in a while.
PNGLIFT
80
If Little Simz hasn't exhibited her unrelenting expertise to spit enough, this record certainly doesn't back on that quality one bit.

Sure, Simz' dexterous flows & bullet-proof confidence are the record's main course, but the overall production & Simz' lyrical tone tastes rather mature this time around. The beats' textures come ranging from dubby undertones & live instrumentation while a sentimental side comes untangling as the album goes on. Ultimately focused & sharp, most ... read more
dlspslb
83
Damn, wasn't expecting this. Hitting hard since the first listen. This girl is the UK rap prophet.
RakkSmells
89
Some of this production though like... holy crap man 101 FM, Boss, Selfish, Wounds, Sherbet Sunset, Flowers, I'm in freaking awe

edit: YO FANTANO GAVE IT A 9
PipePanic
85
Didn't know i'd love a project where one of the tracks ends with someone telling me the album is "Sweet as a fucking nut".

Hoooooly shit. This shit really deserves the hype here people. This thing came out of no-where for me and completely punched me in the teeth. Little Simz is one of the most charismatic and 'no fucks giving' rapper I've heard in a while, with absolute fantastic verses through-out and absolutely ruthless with it's topics. It's a fun, lively, in your face album, ... read more
goncalocouto
90
"GREY Area" shows that Little Simz is a multifacetedness, fiery, raw, vulnerable and sincere artist. This album is so bold and eclectic that can be appreciated by different types of listeners.

✅ Selfish | Wounds | Venom | 101 FM | Pressure | Sherbet Sunset | Flowers
KengojiUltamYT
87
GREY Area is Very Very Very Very Very Very Cool

Best Tracks: Offence,Boss,Wounds,Venom,101 FM,Therapy,Sherbet Sunset,Flowers
Worst Track: Pressure
MasterCrackfox
84
And with that, we have the first contender for best rap album of the year.

Little Simz is oozing with confidence and swagger across this record, with a ton of personality being displayed across this record. Simz has an incredible flow and scheme to her raps, and the production across this record hits so well with the rhymes. Honestly, Simz feels like a London-based Lauryn Hill in many ways on this record. There are both neo-soul and funk elements splattered across this, even though other ... read more
AnalVape
57
While GREY Area certainly displays Little Simz' capability, the album as a whole is unexciting, and even feels a little contrived.

The album starts strong with 3 killer tracks with slick production and killer flows. On these tracks, Little Simz brings a special and unique flavor of hip-hop that's very gritty and feels pretty DIY. Selfish is soft and smooth, but still comes off as earnest and sincere. As soon as we come to the track Wounds, the album does a nosedive. Wounds' guitar track gets ... read more
PokemanDT
81
the production on this was TASTY
TheBravesDH
87
2019 has been a much better year than 2018 for rap songs titled 'Venom'. Early hip-hop AOTY contender. The flows and production is so varied on this one, and the lyrics are good to boot. There's a good chance she'll get even better, and I am so here for that.
MusicSucks
84
What a pleasant surprise!
I saw little in the name and looked at the album art and I thought "oh well time for generic trap album" but ...
This ended up being a very tasty record. The live instrumentation, along with the great production, managed to make this a very good listening experience.
The rapping seems authentic and the delivery is very energetic. If I listened to the lyrics I bet I wouldn't hate them.
Overall, yes it's good. good UK hip hop. ahah funny British accent. ahah. ... read more
87
My thoughts on this album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeimE8Wz6e4
musicmagpie55
84
"Some people read The Alchemist and still never amount to shit." -- High school me would have lost my goddamn mind from this statement.

This is so much fun!! Little Simz raps at a dizzying speed, but you don't miss a single word. She depicts being twenty as a muddied mess of feels. I love how she describes her own experiences in very detailed narratives. Beyond her incredible presentation, there are a lot of different fun beats that keep the album chugging forward. The overblown ... read more
Beeyyaahh
55
Can a 2019 project just like, grow, a little. I feel like I should enjoy this more than I do but man, it’s difficult.
EdFruscley
83
In a effort to fit in a minimalistic and a little bit plane 2019. We have an album with beautiful samples, and a rap style some like pop singers actually, with a charisma but without punch. Great production but far far away to call it AOTY, it has lack of shine of this spark of genius, is a good album, but maybe in a wrong way to listen music when I see something in the spotlight, I hope something majestic
Doofy
74
She's 'arrived' here, in that this is her first release to sound like a 'big mainstream hip hop album' - somehow weightier and more polished.

Her vocal delivery and lyrics are as engaging as they've ever been but there's still room for improvement in these compositions - that's where she needs to sharpen her attack as when those Simz lyrics stop flowing the instrumental sections can lose you a little.

She SHOULD get even better than this on future releases so for now she's still filed under ... read more
ryanreviews
100
Little Simz’ new album is great through and through. Whether she is going for a more hard hitting sound or being more smooth and introspective, she kills every beat she is on here. Starting the album with the mantra of “I said it with my chest and I don’t care who I offend” is a hell of a statement and Simz lives up to it. Her flow is extremely dynamic, weaving its way through the instrumentals seamlessly. On tracks like “Offence”, “Boss”, and ... read more
rydenoir
70
"GREY Area" sees Little Simz dive in some really potent topics with a lot of wit and charm, delivering a lot of great verses and overall performances while lacking some of the "wow" factor when it comes to modern and interesting instrumentation and memorable choruses.

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This album is my first exposure to the UK rapper "Little Simz", so going into it I didn't know what to expect. One of the first things that came to my attention is that Lil Simz has a very 'old ... read more
BEAR
90
Goddamn, this album was fantastic. Little Simz is a really good rapper and the production is pretty good too. I didn't like the first 2 tracks on first listen but they got better over time. Really good album.

FAV: Pressure, Venom, Selfish, Therapy

LEAST FAV: Boss
thebibleparttwo
86
OK NOW CAN I LIKE UK RAP NOW?
VividAids
81
my sister has a crush on her
Universe555
91
I think the fact that I'm not really into hip hop drags down my score a lot, but I did thoroughly enjoy this album. I will definitely consider it for my album of the year. It will rank high.
amygoodall
80
good
laz456
80
This is really solid. Not my favorite thing ever personally, but I wouldn't be surprised if this grew on me.

Edit: Indeed, it has grown on me :)
Tebitas
85
I’ve been looking foward to this album since the release of Boss. I can finally say that it was definitely worth the wait and is beyond a doubt a MUST LISTEN. The instrumentation is very punchy and off the wall at times. Her flows are also very bold, confident and in your face. The lyricism is very on point and one of my favorite things about this LP.
PatrickL0419
85
LITTLE SIMZ GOES HARD IN DA MAFUCKIN PAINT!!!!

Goddamn this thing is grimy as FUCK. Make me want to stop payin' my taxes and shit GAHHDAMN. Shoutout Little Simz.
nijakiler17
92
Calling it, this gonna get snubbed like Care For Me in aoty lists
btw this good
edit: bumped ffrom 87-92 idk why i like it this much but easy aoty contender

edit edit: anthony fantano said in his review he's "willing to swap [his] wife for little simz because she's just a better black woman." dude, wtf
ChrisMan
95
Offence 8/10
Boss 8/10
Selfish (feat. Cleo Sol) 8/10
Wounds (feat. Chronixx) 10/10
Venom 10/10
101 FM 8/10
Pressure (feat. Little Dragon) 8/10
Therapy 8/10
Sherbet Sunset 10/10
Flowers (feat. Michael Kiwanuka) 9/10
onnio
80
This sounds great!

Very versatile. Full of personality and great energy.

Definitely my favourite rap album of the year so far.
Music_Observer
82
There is no blueprint in how to create a modern musical success today. You could argue that there may have been traceable formulas in the past, but what makes our postmodern age so fascinating today is that there is no need for the musician to tie themselves down to a contextual starting point. Many fail due to that lack of obvious infrastructure; indeed, our postmodern age has its negatives. But occasionally, someone comes along to remind us that this era of music still has its gems, and ... read more
TheRootBoy
82
A great first impression to be had for Little Simz. GREY Area is honest and passionate and a true mark of a powerful poet and an even stronger artist. Each track has an interesting production coupled with a versatile set of confessional lyrics. Highly recommend the listen.
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