Little Simz Reflects On Her Struggles in “Gratitude” Visual

UK-based rapper, Little Simz, chronicles the struggles both herself and her community face in the video for her 2015 single, “Gratitude.”

Little Simz, originally from Nigeria, connects with her African heritage throughout the video. She utilizes clips of student protests that took place in Cape Town in 2015 to further emphasize the abstract idea of struggle. In one of the clips, a protester is saying that “education is not a privilege, it is a right.” In 2015, students at South African universities protested against the increase in tuition fees and demanded that they be cut by at least 11%. In “Gratitude”, Little Simz says:

“Put my feet in the studio and call it my home
While others have got no way out/”

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Nigerian Tings

You might know UK based Grime artist Jme better as the younger brother of his older sibling, Skepta. The two grew up in Tottenham, a neighborhood of North London, but the parents of Jamie (Jme) and Joseph (Skepta) Adenuga originate from Nigeria, and the brothers’ upbringing had been heavily influenced by their African background.

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Little Simz Recognizes Home

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Born in Islington, London, England, to Nigerian parents, Simbiatu “Simbi” Abisola Abiola Ajikawo, does not forget her parents roots, nor her own roots or self awareness in her music.  The twenty-four year old rapper, singer, and actress, better known as “Little Simz,” has been able to understand rap to a wide array of communities throughout her career while reaching out and being able to enlighten those about political, social, and cultural issues. Continue reading “Little Simz Recognizes Home”