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Live Review: Little Simz drops new mixtape made entirely in quarantine called 'Drop 6'

7 May 2020 | 10:43 am | Emma Jones

Little Simz has dropped a five-track mixtape made in the month of April while in quarantine called 'Drop 6'.

LITTLE SIMZ has released a brand new five-track mixtape called Drop 6. Following on from her critically acclaimed 2019 album, GREY Area, the record was created during quarantine with Simz producing much of the EP herself alongside additional production from Kal Banx, BLK VYNL, St Francis Hotel, and OTG.

According to Consequence of Sound, the mixtape was created during the month of April, but the rapper had to grapple with intense self-doubt and depression. In a statement, Simz explained her journey from thinking “‘This isn’t good enough, people won’t like this, it’s shit, the mix is trash,’ everything negative under the sun," to acceptance by looking at "beautiful photographs" and listening to advice from her friends.

Read Little Simz' statement below:

“I woke up one morning after a hard couple of days feeling sad, low and depressed. Checked my twitter timeline and saw some beautiful photographs somebody had taken, portraits they were. It instantly hit me. I’ve always known my creativity has no boundaries or limitations and will always stretch way beyond music. Photography is another medium and outlet for me to express myself. It’s an instantaneous art form. That’s what I love. When I first started, I used to immediately review each shot I’d taken, craving perfection. Deleting on the spot the ones I didn’t like. A friend noticed I kept doing that, he’s a painter and takes photos also. He told me don’t focus on deleting, focus on taking more. After serious procrastination I decided to stop being a lil bitch and cry baby and knuckle down on the EP. I gassed myself up. There’s no one else here, I’m alone, I had to. It started to feel good. I started to get really excited, wheeling myself up, spudding myself. I had to. Then I completed it.”

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Drop 6 is out now.

Words by Emma Jones

Image via Pitchfork - Little Simz, November 2019 (Mauricio Santana/Getty Images)