Stormzy said his new album This Is What I Mean has finally given him the artistic freedom to “spread his wings and fly”.
The UK dust star, 29, released the highly anticipated third studio album on Friday, with critics and fans praising the 12-track production that spans genre. this.
Speaking at a record launch event in central London, the Croydon-born rapper discussed the challenges of creating a record, including the fact that it barely made it to a release date, and how it solved the problem. how to launch him.
Speaking in front of a room filled with his team and fans, he admitted that he has been “extremely heavy” throughout his career but that he has fought for his freedom with as an artist, which he feels has finally been achieved with this record.
“I think this album, for me, has found my freedom,” he said.
“I’ve always said that this album, god willing, it allows me to spread my wings and fly. It was a big thing for me, gaining my freedom.
Recalling the process of creating it, he added: “I think I just accepted the fact that I was still growing as a man, as an artist. I think this whole process, I feel like everything in my life has led to achieving this.”
Among the life experiences he feels have influenced the record, he cited the impact of his past relationships, from social media and the pandemic.
He says his faith in God has led him through these times and the making of the album to the point where he no longer feels burdened on release day.
“I feel very grateful and I feel very fortunate. The Heavy Is The Head 2019 Stormzy is a heavy guy and I’m here and I’m light and I’m fun and I’ve done something I’ve never been more proud of and it has given me so much more faith in God.”
The rapper also revealed that with this freedom, he nearly moved the release date two weeks ago because there were a number of factors that he wasn’t completely satisfied with until the last minute.
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He commended his team for allowing him to control this and for working hard and remaking the components of each song until he felt right, adding: I deserve to feel good about my music before it comes out, I owe it to myself.
“I want to hear it and I feel very refreshed in spirit.”
The rapper emphasized during the launch event how “obsessed with music” he was, and that the recording was strongly oriented by what resonates with his sprint, not what can be considered commercially successful.
He says: “Sometimes I feel like my size has become a kind of understanding of who I am and what I do.
“Any music that man makes and releases is heard by man and it touches my soul, whether it’s Own It or Vossi Bop or Big For Your Boots, it’s because people have heard it. saw it and said ‘Yeahh’.
“There are hit songs in this world and I knew they would and I meant to sing them but they just didn’t fit my spirit.”
The new record, produced by Prgrshn, also features vocals from several artists including Sampha, Jacob Collier and Debbie.
The rapper explained that the journey to select featured artists was also complicated, revealing that he couldn’t reveal the full story because he feels the drama will dominate the headlines for the next week.
However, he said that he feels “everything goes for the greater good and that all the people on the album are on the album and they are the people chosen by the love and the spirit of God.” “.
The rapper spoke at the This Is What I Mean House event created in partnership with him and +44 of Amazon Music to celebrate the album’s release.
Located on London’s Regent Street from 25 to 27 November, this space showcases merchandise, immersive listening experiences, photography and will host performances.
Prior to the album’s release were the songs Hide & Seek, Firebabe and Mel Made Me Do It, with the latter accompanied by a 10-minute music video featuring Louis Theroux, Usain Bolt and Jose Mourinho.
This Is What I Mean comes three years after his 2019 album Heavy Is The Head, which became number one in the UK.
Originally from south London, Stormzy first rose to fame with the song Shut Up, which was released as a free-form and posted on YouTube.
His 2017 debut album, Gang Signs And Prayer, was the first dirty album to hit number one in the UK and was named album of the year at the 2018 Brit Awards.
In December 2020, he signed with influential hip hop record label Def Jam after leaving Atlantic Records, joining some of the biggest names in rap music, including Kanye West, Nas, Pusha T and Public Enemy.
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