Little Simz
Drop 7


3.5
great

Review

by Dakota West Foss STAFF
February 15th, 2024 | 11 replies


Release Date: 02/09/2024 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Little Simz takes a well-earned breather with a bite-sized EP that is more content with getting you to shake your butt than drop your jaw with her rapping prowess.

It’s a shame that Drop 7 is coming out in 2024 and not 2022, the year that we got Beyonce’s tepid Renaissance and Drake’s appropriately-titled Honestly, Nevermind because the side-by-side comparisons would really illustrate the power level that Little Simz is operating at. Where Beyonce sounded at odds against her dancey production and Drake seeming more like some misguided Lil Dicky-esque joke on his, Little Simz is completely at ease over this collection of aspirational club bangers. The key to success that those other projects lacked is Simbi’s understanding that the production needs to be the star when it comes to shaking booties. On “SOS”, she’s barely there and sounds more like MIA than ever before, instead letting a hypnotic afrobeat ebb and flow around a dancing, menacing panflute. Opener “Mood Swings” lives up to its name by oscillating between an airy percussive flow and metallic, all-hell breaking loose with Simz magically switching from a whisper-talk to brash and confident rap to match. At nearly two-and-a-half minutes, it’s one of the more meaty songs on this quick little fifteen minute EP, and opens so strongly that it could easily serve as the entrance of a more considered and fleshed-out project.

Still, Drop 7 is a remarkably well-put together thought experiment that overachieves its modest aims and runtime. Its eclectic mix of house, afrobeat, break, and house is inspired enough on its own, but truly shines with Simz’ athletic ability to play chameleon for whatever the moment calls for. While there aren’t any truly monumental bars here, her flows -especially on the appropriately fiery “Torch” and the delirious “I Ain’t Feeling It” are clear signifiers of her technical ability for the two people in the world who may still doubt. There’s not enough here to latch onto the same way that one with Little Simz’ growing, impressive discography, but Drop 7 is a well-earned victory lap and experiment from one of the best rappers in the game.

With my words like butter, motherfucker, I'm the smoothest
Gotta keep my circle tight, I'm only rollin' with the fewest




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Comments:Add a Comment 
Odal
Staff Reviewer
February 15th 2024


2296 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

More of a soundoff than a proper review, but this thing is fun.

Wildcardbitchesss
February 16th 2024


12596 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

eh, your review is about as long as the record lol



simz doesn’t miss, one of my favorite rappers atm

Colton
February 16th 2024


15490 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

rym 2.95 is crazy

Wildcardbitchesss
February 16th 2024


12596 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I wonder what fantano rated it. Light 6 guaranteed

Odal
Staff Reviewer
February 16th 2024


2296 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

If every song was like a minute longer this would be a 4/5 imo

FowlKrietzsche
February 16th 2024


1380 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Production slaps

Wildcardbitchesss
February 16th 2024


12596 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Idk I kinda like that these are mostly short bangers. If I want longer, more ambitious shit I’ll go for Introvert. I like that this is just kinda a little something for us between albums

Odal
Staff Reviewer
February 16th 2024


2296 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like that it's really short and I would rather be left wanting more than wishing it ended sooner, but these songs are sooooo good and fun that I think just a little more heft would've done it some good

newsteamchannel4
February 17th 2024


121 Comments


the PRODUCTION man

AlexKzillion
February 17th 2024


17542 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lfgggggg we are so back baby



as someone whose had dead body on repeat for a decade now its nice to hear her doing something a bit more low stakes / fun again

AlexKzillion
February 17th 2024


17542 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

SOS feels so unnecessary for a release this short, otherwise will prob go down as EP of the year and i hope her next album sounds like this



got those big fish theory vibes but trades the sophie-isms for the afro-beats from simbi. would love to see her pursue this sound further



far away one the best songs of the year



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