Stormzy has said that creating his new album was “really stressful”, but his handling of personal and relationship issues has provided a “therapeutic” feeling.
he’s the dusty star, 29, who released the highly anticipated third studio album This Is What I Mean on Friday, with critics and fans praising the 12-track production. length by genre.
Appearing as a co-host on Jo Whiley’s BBC Radio 2 show on Monday, the Croydon-born rapper spoke about what it felt like to make the record he made in large part in one specially curated music camp on Osea Island, at an estuary in Essex, with fellow producers and musicians.
He told Whiley: “It feels very refreshing and therapeutic.
“A lot of artists say it’s like therapy, but for me it’s never really been like that. I don’t know why but when I hear artists talk about it, I’m like ‘Ah that’s interesting’.
“For me, it’s always been something I do and something I love, but I’ve never felt like getting involved and therapeutic.
“And I think this time, I feel like that, it feels like I have to really be quiet and really do some self-reflection.”
He added: “Come to think of it, there were times when it was really stressful.
“So my memory of the camp, it’s really beautiful, we’ve come this far, we’ve done the album, but when I get into the intricate details of it, it’s real time. stress and a time when everything was pretty heavy.”
The rapper said it’s natural for anyone to find confronting emotions and unpacking everything about themselves a “fatiguing task,” but he can breathe a sigh of relief in the end.
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He recalls his year from 2019 to 2020, mainly the release of his second album Heavy Is The Head and his classic setting at Glastonbury, being so busy he didn’t have time to deal with it. personal problems but then he was forced to deal with them.
He said: “I think, as soon as it was all over and I had to go do some music, I was like ‘damn’.
“My relationship, my relationship with my dad, my relationship with God, my relationship with myself, so many things just came out and it just stays here…
“For me, it’s ‘I have to talk about this’. It’s just my job and that’s what it means to be an artist, and if I’m committed to being an artist, I can’t make up.
“With any great artist, I’m sure like your Princes of the World, your Adele and Whitney and all these great artists, sometimes they can feel things and then thinking ‘I’d rather not step into this Pandora’s box, I’d rather not confront it’ but that’s our job and it’s also our superpower.
“To be vulnerable and embrace the emotions and take in what we’re going through and make music out of it. No matter how naked it makes you feel.
The album has been described as a “sincere” collection and explores personal themes including forgiving an absent father as well as his feelings of paranoia, depression and lack of confidence.
It comes three years after his 2019 album and it is facing off against this week’s top spot in the Official Albums Chart against Sir Cliff Richard’s new festive record.
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