• Record Label: Age 101
  • Release Date: Mar 1, 2019
Metascore
91

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  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
    What Simz does here is phenomenal. This is an album--and artist--to cherish.
  3. 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.
  4. Mar 4, 2019
    90
    This newly three dimensional Little Simz--vulnerable and reflective, while spiky and hard--has produced a crafted project, and it’s one of her best to date.
  5. 90
    It's brave but vulnerable, energetic but reflective and youthful but wise. If you listen to any Little Simz track, you'll know instantly she's a great MC, but with this project she has stepped beyond that to become a uniquely gifted artist. An incredible album.
  6. Mar 7, 2019
    81
    At turns both acerbic and unguarded, GREY Area feels like the grand culmination of everything Simz has been puzzling out to this point. She’s a preternaturally gifted lyricist, a prodigy who recorded her first raps at nine and released her earliest tapes in her teens; it simply took a while for her to apply that acuity to her songcraft.
  7. 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.
  8. 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]
  9. 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.
  10. Mar 12, 2019
    80
    Little Simz' third studio album, Grey Area, sees her swing confidently through the duality of youth to harness the harshest of her vulnerable, raw moments, and the best savage, wisdom-weaponry, giving each reflection on herself pride and place on this record.
  11. Mar 1, 2019
    80
    At once soft and hard, fiery and vulnerable, Grey Area finds Little Simz thriving in her multi-facetedness.
  12. Feb 28, 2019
    80
    Her straight-forward, down to business flow is all part of removing that mask. It’s an unflinching look at what such a sudden rise can do to a young person, and the anxieties that the public never see.
  13. Q Magazine
    Feb 26, 2019
    80
    Thrilling, thoughtful and unrestrained by existing rap templates, Grey Area confirms Little Simz as an artist who is increasingly difficult to dismiss. [Apr 2019, p.115]
  14. 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.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 110 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 7 out of 110
  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. Mar 1, 2019
    7
    Best rap album of the year thus far. Lyricism and flow are on point and the production is A+.
  3. JXI
    Mar 1, 2019
    9
    I honestly didn't know what to think at first, but she had me hooked halfway through "Boss". Creative beats with a great flow.