By Joseph ‘JP’ Patterson
RapFix handpicks a few UK hip-hop and grime gems for the week. Artists include Little Simz, Smiler, and SP.
Little Simz – “Deranged”
The latest female MC to prick up the ears of the UK’s urban music industry is 19-year-old Little Simz, whose flow is cutesy while the bars are feisty. Her fourth mixtape, Blank Canvas, has been co-signed by the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe and the legendary music exec that is Sylvia Rhone, and she continues to tick boxes for many-a-tastemaker. Taken from the aforementioned mixtape, “Deranged” sees Little Simz “blurring the lines between reality and madness” over the instrumental used for Earl Sweatshirt’s “Hive.” And the visuals are just as trippy.
Smiler Feat. Blade Brown & Black The Ripper – “New Day”
What happens when you put a back-in-the-day-style lyricist, a road rapper, and a conscious-minded MC on a mellow hip-hop production? Smiler, Blade Brown, and Black The Ripper with “New Day” – that’s what. On Smiler’s The Coming mixtape track, each rhymer opens up about their climb in music, with Black The Ripper taking the prize for standout line: “You don’t know about my independent grind/Underrated, underestimated, and I’m unsigned.”
SP & FuntCase Feat. Hitman – Liars V.I.P
Nothing beats screwface-inducing grime like SP, FuntCase, and Hitman’s “Liars V.I.P”: straight-up raw aggression, unashamed braggadocio, and the dirtiest beat. The Midlands seems to finally be getting the recognition it deserves for its grime talent. About time, too.