The New New: 15 European Rappers You Should Know
Hometown: London, England
Notable Song: “Mandarin Oranges Part 2″
Sounds Like: Smart rhymes from a young lady determined to defy convention and pre-conceptions.
Why You Need To Know Her: Jay Z’s Life + Times dig her, BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe spins her, and legendary record exec Sylvia Rhone may one day sign her: Little Simz is that new female rapper everyone wants to know. Last year, this 19-year-old conscious mind with a flawless flow released her Blank Canvas mixtape to rave reviews; it put her on stage at SXSW and landed her in studios with the likes of Dizzee Rascal, Kelela and Pro Era’s Chuck Strangers, too. On June 16, Simz is dropping a new EP titled E.D.G.E, which will no doubt see her keep winning. —Joseph ‘JP’ Patterson