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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released December 13, 2019 | Atlantic Records UK

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The title sends a clear message. Head bowed, with a heavy crown, eyes fixed on the bulletproof vest designed by Banksy which defined his iconic headline performance at Glastonbury, one thing is for certain: Stormzy has reclaimed a painful throne. His kingdom is that of politically charged grime music, protesting social injustice, often in support of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. With his second album, the artist born Michael Omari, only 24 years old, punctuates an eventful year for the United Kingdom. It’s no surprise that Heavy Is The Head draws on a wide range of guest stars to ensure a mix of R&B, grime and pop, much like its predecessor Gang Signs & Prayers (2017). Ed Sheeran and Burna Boy enrich the catchy radio-friendly Own It, H.E.R. features on One Second as YEBBA does on Don’t Forget to Breathe. This album sees Stormzy explore a more introspective side to himself (a surprising contrast to some of his previous material), like Lessons which broaches the subject of his very public breakup with Maya Jama. The Croydon MC does not however lose sight of his album’s main objective. With a few nods to the masters of the genre (Wiley Flow, Bronze), Stormzy charges his opus with bangers powered by inescapable beats: if Audacity with Headie One is there to usher in a new generation of rappers, the art of using the right formula of rhymes and beats to drive home a liberal political message is the MO on Vossi Bop (see the huge crowd at Glastonbury singing back the lyrics “I could never die, I’m Chuck Norris/Fuck the government and fuck Boris”). With Shut Up and its millions of views on YouTube, Stormzy had already laid the groundwork for making grime mainstream in 2015, but now it’s a fact. © Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz
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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released February 24, 2017 | #Merky

Stormzy was just a kid when his elders like Wiley or Lethal Bizzle were hard at work in London's pirate radio studios, laying the foundations of grime. This mixture of jungle and garage which would burst into the world's vision with prodigy Dizzee Rascal’s 2003 debut album would form the soundtrack to his youth. While he was cutting his teeth in the youth club in his neighbourhood of Thornton Heath, grime took wing: faced with oppression (clubs were closing and grime anthems judged as being ‘too aggressive’ and were subsequently banned from the airwaves), most actors on the scene chose to go underground, or compromised with the mainstream. But it was a freestyle over one of the genre's classic instrumentals (Functions On The Low du Ruff Sqwad) that got Stormzy noticed. Shut Up – the title of this effort which has been played and shared dozens of millions of times – played a substantial role in putting grime back on the map. It would be an understatement to say that Gang Signs & Prayer, Stormzy's first album, was eagerly awaited. While he is a creature of his times, and mixes his grime with pop and R'n'B (Velvet/Jenny Francis, Cigarettes & Cush) the 24-year-old kid proves that he knows the grime textbook like the back of his hand (the incomparable Big For Your Boots with its sculpted chorus and its tempo racing far above 160 BPM), and he knows to pay homage to his elders – giving a nod to Dizzee Rascal, with an interlude with pioneer Crazy Titch. © DB/Qobuz
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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released November 22, 2019 | Atlantic Records

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released April 26, 2019 | #Merky Records

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Pop - Released August 23, 2019 | Atlantic Records UK

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released June 21, 2019 | Atlantic Records UK

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released September 6, 2019 | Atlantic Records UK

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released January 9, 2020 | Atlantic Records UK

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released January 10, 2020 | Atlantic Records UK

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released November 23, 2014 | Trkrz Records

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released September 2, 2016 | #Merky

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released September 15, 2019 | Atlantic Records UK

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released December 11, 2019 | Atlantic Records UK

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released February 10, 2017 | OddChild Music

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released July 19, 2019 | Atlantic Records UK

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released September 6, 2019 | Atlantic Records UK

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released December 11, 2019 | Atlantic Records UK

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released January 31, 2020 | Atlantic Records UK

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released December 11, 2019 | Atlantic Records UK

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released July 19, 2019 | Atlantic Records UK

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