J Littles is an MC from Nottingham who’s been releasing music since 2008. Although he started out as a grime artist, his lyrical prowess has matured into a unique style of grown-up Hip-Hop. Steeped in social commentary and witty punchlines which emanate from his battle rap influence, Littles’ intricate wordplay and subtle delivery are mixed into a gumbo pot of jazz, soul and drum breaks as he retrieves the sounds of his childhood.
One of the more experienced rappers in Nottingham, J Littles has previously worked with the bigger names in Hip-Hop that Nottingham has on its roster, from DJ Fever and Nick Stez, to his own cousin Shortee Blitz, to name a few.
On national platforms, he’s participated in projects with Gilles Peterson’s Future Bubblers program and the BBC Untapped project.
Live performance runs in Littles’ family. His father, Owen Campbell is a jazz percussionist extraordinaire who’s worked with a plethora of acts over 3 decades. Littles has opened up for legends from either side of the Atlantic, from Blackstar’s Talib Kweli to BDL’s Big Narstie.
Having formed a new creative partnership with Nottingham producer Claude Money, Littles has been stocking up the Sirkus Studios vault with the best material of his career thus far. This new chapter of his career begins with Joyce, an EP celebrating the women in his life who’ve shaped him to be the man he is today. This EP sees Claude Money reject the temptation of heavy drums in favour of choice jazz loops to create a sentimental underlay for Littles to reflect on the fairer sex.
Check out Littles’ new single Zordon below.