Gang Signs & Prayer by Stormzy on Apple Music

16 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

For several years before this debut album, Michael Omari, Jr. was the chosen one—the artist to lead grime’s successful occupation of popular British music. A startlingly accomplished first LP, Gang Signs & Prayer sees Stormzy take on, conquer and obliterate the mainstream. “I was in the O2 singing my lungs out, rude boy”, he proudly announces on “Big for Your Boots”. “You’re never too big for Adele”. It’s a reminder that there’s nothing wrong with world-beating success. “Big for Your Boots”, “Cold” and “Bad Boys” join “Shut Up” as gold-standard grime anthems, but it’s the easy way Stormzy embraces R&B slow jams (Kehlani hook-up “Cigarettes & Cush”) and opens up on "100 Bags" and the two-part “Blinded by Your Grace” that prove that his arena-sized talents match his ambition.

EDITORS’ NOTES

For several years before this debut album, Michael Omari, Jr. was the chosen one—the artist to lead grime’s successful occupation of popular British music. A startlingly accomplished first LP, Gang Signs & Prayer sees Stormzy take on, conquer and obliterate the mainstream. “I was in the O2 singing my lungs out, rude boy”, he proudly announces on “Big for Your Boots”. “You’re never too big for Adele”. It’s a reminder that there’s nothing wrong with world-beating success. “Big for Your Boots”, “Cold” and “Bad Boys” join “Shut Up” as gold-standard grime anthems, but it’s the easy way Stormzy embraces R&B slow jams (Kehlani hook-up “Cigarettes & Cush”) and opens up on "100 Bags" and the two-part “Blinded by Your Grace” that prove that his arena-sized talents match his ambition.

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About Stormzy

A London-based grime MC of Ghanaian heritage, Stormzy launched his career clashing at youth clubs around his hometown. His performances evolved from grime-only music that showed a love of artists like Skepta to more rap-oriented material that reflected Stormzy's growing appreciation for artists like Drake. Late in 2013 he began uploading his "Wicked Skengman" series of freestyles over classic grime beats; in 2014, he made his official debut with the EP Dreamers Disease. A year later he released the single "Know Me From" along with "WickedSkengMan 4," the first track in his "WickedSkengMan" freestyle series and a Top 20 hit in the U.K. That December, Stormzy performed the single's B-side, "Shut Up," at a match between heavyweight boxers Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte. The song jumped into the Top 40 following the broadcast, and the rapper launched a campaign to have the song top the charts during Christmas. This boosted the track to the number eight position, and the number one position on the R&B singles chart. Before returning to the studio to record his debut LP, he released non-album single "Scary" in the spring of 2016. Stormzy returned in 2017 with Gang Signs & Prayer (#Merky Records), which featured the single "Big for Your Boots" and appearances by Kehlani, MNEK, and Ghetts. ~ David Jeffries

  • ORIGIN
    Thornton Heath, London, England
  • BORN
    Jul 26, 1993

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