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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the British rapper Simbi Ajikawo features a guest appearances from Cleo Sol.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. May 17, 2019
    100
    On Grey Area, it feels as if everything has come together in perfect unison, resulting in one of the strongest rap albums of 2019.
  2. 100
    Having stripped away the narrative cloak that shrouded the highlights of ‘Stillness In Wonderland’, she’s crafted a knockout record--and finally come true on her early promise. This is the best rap record of the year so far.
  3. 100
    What Simz does here is phenomenal. This is an album--and artist--to cherish.
  4. Feb 26, 2019
    80
    It swings. It grooves. It’s not bogged down by a self-consciously poetic concept. And it feels like a record rather than a showcase, anchored by the production work of Simz’s childhood friend Inflo.
  5. Mar 21, 2019
    80
    From start to finish, GREY Area reveals a young rapper who has seen success in her career, but is still sorting herself out in her real life.
  6. May 10, 2019
    80
    On the whole, it's a smart and satisfying record. If she can achieve such mass appeal on an independent release, it will be fascinating to see where she goes if she agrees to sign with a label. Hopefully it won't trip up her laser focus on what matters: herself.
  7. The Wire
    Apr 3, 2019
    80
    Little Simz’s latest--and greatest--album is divided between three emotional states: bravado, doubt and love. [Apr 2019, p.58]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Mar 2, 2019
    10
    Little Simz conspicuously got her stance laying bare; questioning life, self-worth, and death feels like staples. They all have a place in GREY Area.
  2. Nov 30, 2019
    10
    Good grief! Punchy honest lyrics peppered with fabulous tunes. (I'm not a massive hip hop/rap fan either) but this has grabbed me in many waysGood grief! Punchy honest lyrics peppered with fabulous tunes. (I'm not a massive hip hop/rap fan either) but this has grabbed me in many ways and I love it. Album of the year for me. The vinyl offering is sublime! Expand
  3. Apr 16, 2019
    10
    I first heard about Little Simz through the throwaway Gorillaz track "Garage Palace" where she brought great energy throughout the track. HerI first heard about Little Simz through the throwaway Gorillaz track "Garage Palace" where she brought great energy throughout the track. Her latest album at that time was quite underwhelming and turned me off of her other material. This album is definitely not what I was expecting. Coming in at a tight 10 tracks, this album delivers immensely on each of them. Little Simz has really brought a great vibe and amazing lyrics to this album. My favourite track is definitely Pressure, give this album a listen. It's amazing. Currently the album of 2019. Expand
  4. Apr 2, 2019
    9
    Absolutely fantastic, my only problem with this album is just how short it is
  5. Mar 6, 2019
    9
    Best rap album of the year so far, the production is amazing and her flow is really great!
  6. Mar 5, 2019
    9
    Such a good album!! I already loved the singles that came out before the album so I was really hyped for this album. The production isSuch a good album!! I already loved the singles that came out before the album so I was really hyped for this album. The production is amazing, her lyricism and flow are some of the best of any MC I've heard in a while so this is definitely my favorite rap album of the year so far. This album has a few amazing hard hitting, grimy tracks like Offence and Boss, but also contains some beautiful storytelling tracks like Flowers and Sherbet sunset. I also love the track Pressure with little dragon. Overall I have to say that I prefer the singles over the other six tracks, which makes this a 9 out of 10 instead of a 10/10 for me. Still, this wil probably be one of my favorites of the year and I highly recommend listening to it!

    Highlights: Offence, Boss, Selfish, Sherbet sunset and Pressure
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  7. Mar 21, 2019
    7
    I try incredibly hard to enjoy this album more than I do, because the content is incredible. The verses are vicious and her flow is on-point.I try incredibly hard to enjoy this album more than I do, because the content is incredible. The verses are vicious and her flow is on-point. However, only a handful of songs stay with me over time. She doesn't stick to the traditional song-structures, which is a good thing, except this time lack of hooks and choruses do some injustice. Little Simz successfully put herself on every rap and music-lover's radar. That's a pretty comfortable place to be and I expect only good things to come from her. Expand

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