Mercury Winner Little Simz Went To Same University As Rock Royalty
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Mercury Winner Little Simz Went To Same University As Rock Royalty

Vincent Ralph October 19, 2022

Mercury Prize winner Little Simz went to the same university as some of the biggest musicians in rock, including a man who shared the name of her latest accolade.

In a wonderful twist of fate, the 28-year-old, who went to the same university as a certain Freddie Mercury, now has a prize with that very name.

Little Simz has been impressing critics and audiences alike since her debut album back in 2015. That release – Tail of Trials and Persons – was followed by two more independent efforts.

Both Stillness In Wonderland and Grey Area showcased the rapper’s talents. Indeed, the latter was nominated for the Mercury Prize back in 2019.

That album won an Ivor Novello Award and a NME Award, but her latest has added another trophy to Little Simz’s cabinet.

Sometimes I Might Be Introvert is, quite simply, a superb album from beginning to end. Single Introvert is one of the best opening tracks on any album in recent memory and Little Simz somehow manages to keep that quality throughout.

The Top Boy star is getting the well-deserved rewards for her efforts. After all, she has bene pursuing music since her university days.

See also: A Refresher On The 2022 Mercury Prize

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Where Did Little Simz Go To University?

Little Simz studied at the University of West London. Prior to that, the singer – real name Simbiatu Abisola Abiola Ajikawo – went to Highbury Fields School then Westminster Kingsway College.

She pursued music and, after last night’s success and four wonderful albums, it was clearly the right move.

Little Simz is not the only famous musician to study at the University of West London.

Who Went To The Same University As Little Simz?

Little Simz followed in the footsteps of some rock legends by attending the University of West London.

In the past, some very famous names went to the university. Below are some of the biggest stars

  • Freddie Mercury: The Queen front man studied there and then proceeded to change the face of rock music forever.
  • Pete Townshend: The co-founder and lead guitarist of fellow rock behemoths The Who.
  • Ronnie Wood: Still going strong, The Rolling Stones guitarist was previously in Faces and The Jeff Beck Group.
  • Alex da Kid: The British musician and producer has worked with Eminem, Dr Dre, Diddy, Imagine Dragons and many more.

Little Simz excels at everything she does. From her role in Top Boy to her albums and her outstanding stage show, the 28-year-old is a wonderful performer.

We can’t wait to see what she does next. One thing is for sure. She has the talent to be around for just as long as many of her fellow University of West London alumni.

Read next: Who Plays Jaq In Top Boy?

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Vincent Ralph is Senior Managing Editor at GRV Media. He graduated with a BA (Hons) in English Literature from the University of Greenwich and later completed his NCTJ in Newspaper and Magazine Journalism while studying in Cornwall. He was previously Head of Sixth Form at a secondary school in Kent, where he worked with hundreds of 16 to 19-year-olds over eight years. He joined GRV Media in 2014, working his way up from football writer to a senior member of staff. After two years as Managing Editor of Rousing The Kop and The Boot Room he became Senior Managing Editor of new student website Freshered. Vincent is a two-time New York Times bestselling author and his second novel is also a USA Today bestseller and the winner of the Southern Schools Book Award.