Photo by Colin Michael Simmons
Sims is best known for his work as part of the Minneapolis rap collective Doomtree, but he shines just fine when left to his own devices. Take his new track “One Hundred” off of his upcoming album More Than Ever. Over producer Lazerbeak’s woozy wash of tinkling ivories, cracking snares and post-Cruel Summer vocal samples, Sims’ rapping is left clear to spit his message of anarchy and fun.
“This is a light-hearted song about feeling pinned down by people trying to tell you how to be. A quick dip into the paranoia of being surveilled by the NSA, Twitter, and then a declarative ‘fuck it,'” Sims explains to Consequence of Sound. “It’s about being happy to be yourself and not worrying about what anyone has to say about it. But mostly I just wanted to rap my ass off.”
After one listen, you’ll agree his ass is officially off. Check it out below.
Out November 4th via Doomtree Records, More Than Ever was written after a trying winter for the Minneapolis rapper. After experiencing the death or sickness of many in his core group of friends and family, “he decided that the only acceptable answer to big loss is big joy—urgent, defiant, unapologetic joy.” That joy spilled out over 13 tracks with the help of producers Lazerbeak, Paper Tiger, and ICETEP.
Check out the track listing and album artwork for More Than Ever below.
More Than Ever Album Artwork:
More Than Ever Tracklist:
01. A Bad Flying Bird
03. Brutal Dance
05. Flash Paper
06. Spinning Away
07. Oakland Ave Catalpas
08. What They Don’t Know
11. Shaking In My Sheets
13. Gosper Island
Sims will head out on the road this fall in support of the record. Find his complete US itinerary below.
Sims Tour Dates:
11/03 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Cactus Club *
11/04 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas *
11/05 – Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot
11/06 – Lansing, MI @ The Loft at Harlem Lounge
11/09 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
11/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle *
11/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
11/13 – Washington, DC @ DC9 *
12/01 – Denver, CO @ The Marquis *
12/02 – Seattle, WA @ Barbosa *
12/03 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge *
12/06 –Sacramento, CA @ Blue Lamp *
12/07 –Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst *
12/08 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill *
12/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite *
12/10 – Costa Mesa, CA @ The Wayfarer *
12/11 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah *
12/13 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar *
12/14 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad *
12/16 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links *
12/17 – Austin, TX @ The Sidewinder *
12/18 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger *
* = w/ Air Credits (The Hood Internet x ShowYouSuck)