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Watch Little Simz's Effortlessly Cool "Tiny Desk Concert" Performance

British-Nigerian MC, Little Simz, performs songs from her sophomore album "Stillness in Wonderland," during a live-set with NPR.

British-Nigerian rapper Simbi Ajikawo, better known as Little Simz, stopped by NPR recently for a 3-song set, as part of their Tiny Desk Concert Series.


Backed by Brooklyn-based R&B band Phony Ppl, the MC breezily ran through songs from her sophomore album Stillness In Wonderland, including "Poison Ivy," "No More Wonderland" and "Picture Perfect."

Stillness in Wonderland is an introspective reflection on the artist's childhood that follows her 2015 debut A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons— an album that caught the attention and applause of hip-hop heavyweights like Kendrick Lamar, and led to comparisons to the likes of Lauryn Hill—who she's also set to hit the road with in just a couple of days.

Watch her effortlessly cool performance below and stream Stillness in Wonderland underneath.

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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