LIT­TLE SIMZ Still­ness in Won­der­land (Age 101)

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At twen­tythree, Bri­tish rap­per Lit­tle Simz has re­leased a com­bined 11 al­bums and mix­tapes, a fu­ri­ous Lil Wayne-like sched­ule that has pro­duced as many won­ders as it has duds. On her new al­bum, she has cre­ated a hip-hop con­cept based around Alice’s Ad­ven­tures in Won­der­land. She plays lightly with the Lewis Car­roll story, us­ing it to nav­i­gate an uncer­tain world of ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ships and record deals. On the al­bum’s open­ing track, “LMPD,” she brings in an Auto-Tuned Cheshire Cat, an in­tro­spec­tive guest verse from Ja­maican dance­hall star Chronixx, and her own nim­ble verses about the anx­i­ety of liv­ing up to black female artists from the past: “I’m not the half the woman Maya was/Still I hear the voice of Nina here guid­ing us.” Bibi Bourelly, the Haitian-Ger­man song­writer be­hind Ri­hanna’s “Bitch Bet­ter Have My Money,” shows up on “Bad to the Bone” a boast­ful bit of U.K. grime. But Lit­tle Simz shines best when she takes the spot­light, as in “Shot­gun,” in which she be­moans a one-sided re­la­tion­ship: “Got love for you in abun­dance, never worth a dis­cus­sion/You en­ter­tain in­ter­rup­tions, what’s with you and as­sump­tions?” The al­bum, like much of her work, is de­light­fully un­even. It could be great, if she would slow down her re­leases and pol­ish her deeply am­bi­tious songs. — Casey Sanchez

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