Stormzy is one of the most exciting new artists on the UK grime scene. Despite winning multiple awards for his music, Stormzy has yet to release a full studio album. In a recent interview the rapper opened up about what to expect from his upcoming record.
Stormzy first hit the scene when he released a number of freestyle raps over classic grime beats via his Wicked Skengman series. He released his first EP titled ‘Dreamers Disease’ in July 2014, and won the 2014 MOBO award for ‘Best Grime Act’. Later in the year Stormzy became the first unsigned rap artist to appear on UK music show ‘Later… with Jools Holland’.
The 23 year old retained his MOBO in 2015, and released the tracks ‘Know Me From’ and ‘WickedSkengMan 4’. By September of 2015, Stormzy had broken into the Top 10 with his track ‘Shut Up’ which charted at number 8.
2016 has been Stormzy’s biggest year to date. He featured in a promotional video for Adidas Football, to announce the signing of Manchester United star Paul Pogba. There was also a brief twitter campaign launched to make Stormzy UK Prime Minister. Stormzy has allegedly been working on his debut album for the last 18 months.
In a recent interview the rapper explained: “So much has already happened and I’m still on album one,” “Maybe I should be on my second album now but I’m not, this is where I am. Most people’s first albums, they’re not talking about touring the world and winning awards. I was meant to still be in the ends with this one. So my album is a treasure in itself because it’s coming from such an unusual position as a debut.”
“I can’t wait to get it out. I want to give the world a body of work that is Stormzy. That you can refer to it and say it’s Stormzy, in the same way you look at Illmatic and say that’s Nas or Boy In Da Corner and that was Dizzee, an aggy little shit with a bone to pick. So for me, you will hear Stormzy the son, the boyfriend, the brother, the bredrin, all of it. I will give you a moment in time in music.”