In anticipation of the one-year anniversary of rapper Stormzy’s debut solo album “Gang Signs and Prayer,” I thought I’d talk about why the record is so unique and important.
Stormzy is a musician that has helped introduce the world to grime and paved his own path as one of the U.K.’s most innovative artists. At 24, he’s already accomplished an impressive variety of feats. His debut solo album, released almost exactly one year ago, just went platinum in the U.K., and he received two awards at the Brit Awards 2018 last night for Best British Album and Best Male Artist. The man doesn’t fuck around, and he’s gradually gaining the acclaim he deserves.
A charismatic MC with a towering demeanor at 6’ 5” and a charming smile, Stormzy is a rapper who blends genres, spits rapid-fire verses and knows how to create powerful music videos. Following the stylings of grime aficionados like Skepta and Wiley, Stormzy goes hard and appeals to the youth of U.K. (and hopefully more and more American rap fans). He reps his roots of South London, stands up to injustice and always celebrates black excellence. He also delivered one of the best albums of 2017, “Gang Signs and Prayer.”