Stormzy says that his upcoming third studio album “opens up any of the freedoms I’ve been looking for, both as a man and as a creator”.
The UK dusty star said the album, titled This Is What I Mean, was a “reflection of development” but that the process of making it was “selfish”.
It comes three years after his last album, Heavy Is The Head, and after the release of the hit single Mel Made Me Do It in September.
In an interview with iD magazine, the rapper discussed “true artistic freedom”, saying it’s about “being completely true to yourself”.
“It’s not an attempt with too much music, but I’m trying to look in the mirror for myself.”
He continued, “I find it impossible to understand what people want from me… So the process of making this album was very selfish.
“True artistic freedom is not considering the audience, but you have to do it in a really pure way,
“It’s not about defying what people think of you; it’s about being completely true to yourself. “
“I feel like this album unlocks whatever freedom I’ve been looking for, both as a man and as a creator.”
It appeared before a series of programs broadcast by the BBC, glorifying the rapper as a “cultural icon”.
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Stormzy will sit down with DJ Trevor Nelson and perform live at Abbey Road Studios for A Stormzy Special, which will air on BBC One on Tuesday 15 November.
The 45-minute TV special will see the 29-year-old, whose real name is Michael Omari, candidly chat about the making of his third album, his popularity and growth. both personally and professionally, the BBC reports.
He also appeared in a recently aired interview with Louis Theroux in which he admitted to becoming “depressed and withdrawn” while working on his debut album, Gang Signs and Prayers .
This Is What I Mean is slated for release on November 25.
The full interview with Stormzy can be found online and in iD’s The License Issue, issue 370, Winter 2022.
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