It’s what we’ve all been waiting for – The much talked about debut album from Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer.
A 16 track project that embodies the emotional journey of Stormzy, through the good and bad, twist and turns – above all, a representation of his different characteristics in a body of work.
Parent to hit single ‘Big for your boots’, Gang Signs and Prayer features a wide range of artists – from the mainstreams to the suburb streets of East London.
American singer and songwriter Kehlani, East London rappers Ghetts & J Hus, Tottenham’s lyricist Wretch 32, MNEK and the amazing Raleigh Ritchie, all featured on the album.
Speaking on the album during his interview on Not For The Radio, the 23 years old said –
“i came up with the concept/name of the album even before i even recorded a track for it. Because i knew that my biggest challenge is to make an album that represents me. I stand for loads of different things, i have different characteristics, different stories to tell. The story of a smart kid who went to school, did well in school – the story of a young brother on the streets, doing whatever. The story of someone who has faith, works and dabbles between things. I was thinking how do i put that in a body of work”
The first single off the album – Big For Your Boots, finished in the Top 10 of the Official UK Chart Singles and the fastest new entry of that week.
The huge support that Stormzy has garnered so far suggest that the album could actually be at the peak of the Official Album Charts come Friday.
Last night during the Brit Awards, Ed Sheeran brought him out for a rendition of their joint ‘Shape Of You’ remix – the performance ended with a standing ovation from the sold O2 Arena crowd.