Little Simz is releasing a new album, just a week after announcing its arrival

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Mercury Prize winner Little Simz has released a brand new album, titled No Thank You.

“I had to channel it somehow, that’s the only way I know. Love ALREADY is phenomenal thank you so much. Enjoy the music, blessings,” Little Simz tweeted with a short excerpt from Heart on Fire, the sixth song on the disc.

Fans were thrilled with the release, with one tweeting, “You’re in Britain’s top three rappers and you’re not 2 or 3”, another saying, “He’s once again smashed the album’s polls of the year in the last lap”. and another saying, “Nice album. Already in rehearsal.

The 10-track, 50-minute album was produced entirely by Inflo, who was lead producer on Little Simz’s award-winning previous album, Sometimes I Might Be Introverted, released in September 2021. No Thank You includes also vocals from British singer-songwriter Cleo Sol, who works closely with Inflo.

According to Fader, the album’s opening track, Angel, is dedicated to model friend of Little Simz, Harry Uzoka, who was stabbed to death in 2018.

Little Simz had only announced the album’s arrival last week – but hadn’t provided a release date. She shared the news on Twitter with a video where a keyboard typed in four statements: “Emotion is energy in motion / honor your truth and feelings / eradicate fear / boundaries matter.”

No Thank You is the fifth album from Little Simz, the first three being Tale of Trials + Persons (2015), Stillness In Wonderland (2016) and Gray Area (2019) followed by Sometimes I Might Be Introvert. She has also released four mixtapes, over a dozen singles, and 10 extended plays.

It’s been a busy year for the 28-year-old Islington-born rapper. Little Simz was named Best New Artist at the Brit Awards in February (despite releasing her debut album seven years earlier), was co-winner of Album of the Year at November’s MOBO Awards for Sometimes I Could Be Introverted (alongside British rapper Knucks) and won the prestigious Mercury Prize for the same album in October.

Other Mercury Prize nominees were Self Esteem, Wet Leg, Harry Styles and Sam Fender. “We’ve all made amazing albums,” she said at the awards show. “We’ve all changed people’s lives with our music, and that’s the most important thing.”

In an interview with The Standard ahead of the release of Sometimes I Might Be Introverted, Little Simz said, “Honestly, respectfully, I think I’m very, very talented. I know I am. But I also wanted to ask the question: why is inheritance important? I want to be a legend, but sometimes I don’t know why.

“There are all these people on the ground doing real work: the teachers, the healers, the preachers. So why do we admire people so much in the public eye? »

No Thank You is now available on all major music platforms

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