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Heavy Is The Head

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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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1
Big Michael 00:02:26

Fraser T Smith, Additional Production, Drum Programmer, Studio Personnel, Non Featured Artist - Carlos Sosa, Tenor Saxophone, Trumpet, Baritone Saxophone, Non Featured Artist - Stuart Hawkes, Masterer, Studio Personnel - Mark "Spike" Stent, Mixer, Studio Personnel - Fernando Castillo, Fluegel Horn, Trumpet, Non Featured Artist - Fred, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, Backing Vocals, Bass, Synthesizer, Studio Personnel, Non Featured Artist - Raul Vallejo, Trombone, Non Featured Artist - Michael Freeman, Assistant Mix Engineer, Studio Personnel - Paul Armstrong, Trumpet, Non Featured Artist - Stormzy, Vocals, MainArtist, Contracted Performer - Courtney Brown, Bass Trombone, Non Featured Artist - Manon Grandjean, Engineer, Studio Personnel - Michael Omari, Composer - Fred Gibson, Composer - Yelfris Valdes, Trumpet, Non Featured Artist - Theon Cross, Tuba, Non Featured Artist - Nathaniel Cross, Trombone, Non Featured Artist - Matt Wolach, Assistant Mix Engineer, Studio Personnel - Harpaal Sanghera, Assistant Engineer, Studio Personnel

2019 Hashtag Merky Music Limited under exclusive license to Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. 2019 Hashtag Merky Music Limited under exclusive license to Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

2
Audacity (feat. Headie One) 00:04:05

Fraser T Smith, Composer, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Studio Personnel, Bass Programmer, Non Featured Artist - Stuart Hawkes, Masterer, Studio Personnel - Darren Jones, Engineer, Studio Personnel - Joker, Mixer, Studio Personnel - Stormzy, Vocals, MainArtist, Contracted Performer - Manon Grandjean, Engineer, Studio Personnel - Michael Omari, Composer - Headie One, Composer, FeaturedArtist - Harpaal Sanghera, Assistant Engineer, Studio Personnel

2019 Hashtag Merky Music Limited under exclusive license to Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. 2019 Hastag Merky Music Limited under exclusive License to Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited

3
Crown 00:03:33

MJ Cole, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Drum Programmer, Studio Personnel, Non Featured Artist - Stuart Hawkes, Masterer, Studio Personnel - Mark "Spike" Stent, Mixer, Studio Personnel - James Napier, Composer - Lawrence Johnson, Choir Arranger, Studio Personnel, Choral Backing Vocals Vocals, Non Featured Artist - Wendi Rose, Choral Backing Vocals Vocals, Non Featured Artist - Michael Freeman, Mixer, Studio Personnel - Wayne Hernandez, Choral Backing Vocals Vocals, Non Featured Artist - Jimmy Napes, Producer, Studio Personnel - Duncan Fuller, Engineer, Studio Personnel - Stormzy, Vocals, MainArtist, Contracted Performer - Patricia Scott, Choral Backing Vocals Vocals, Non Featured Artist - LJ Singers, Choir, Non Featured Artist - Gus Pirelli, Recording, Studio Personnel - Michael Omari, Composer - Matt Wolach, Mixer, Studio Personnel - Margo Muzangaza, Choral Backing Vocals Vocals, Non Featured Artist - Rachael Sanniez, Choral Backing Vocals Vocals, Non Featured Artist - Tarna-Renae Johnson, Choral Backing Vocals Vocals, Non Featured Artist - MatthewJames Firth Coleman, Composer

2019 Hashtag Merky Music Limited under exclusive license to Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. 2019 Hashtag Merky Music Limited under exclusive license to Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

4
Rainfall (feat. Tiana Major9) 00:03:17

Erica Campbell, Composer - Warryn Campbell, Composer - Jonathan Lee, Drums, Keyboards, Programmer, Synthesizer, Non Featured Artist - Tina Campbell, Composer - Stuart Hawkes, Masterer, Studio Personnel - Mark "Spike" Stent, Mixer, Studio Personnel - Darren Jones, Engineer, Studio Personnel - Michael Freeman, Assistant Mix Engineer, Studio Personnel - Jonny Breakwell, Assistant Engineer, Studio Personnel - Jay Weathers, Composer, Producer, Studio Personnel - Stormzy, Vocals, MainArtist, Contracted Performer - Teni Tinks, Backing Vocals, Non Featured Artist - Michael Omari, Composer - Alastair O'Donnell, Composer - AOD, Guitar, Additional Production, Studio Personnel, Non Featured Artist - Claude Vause, Assistant Engineer, Studio Personnel - Tiana Major9, FeaturedArtist - Matt Wolach, Assistant Mix Engineer, Studio Personnel - Kassa 'PRGSHN' Alexander, Vocal Production, Studio Personnel

2019 Hashtag Merky Music Limited under exclusive license to Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. 2019 Hashtag Merky Music Limited under exclusive license to Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

5
Rachael's Little Brother 00:05:37

Cherise Roberts, Composer - Nadia Shepherd, Composer - Thelma Howell, Composer - Stuart Hawkes, Masterer, Studio Personnel - Mark "Spike" Stent, Mixer, Studio Personnel - Darren Jones, Engineer, Studio Personnel - Michael Brown, Composer - Michael Freeman, Assistant Mix Engineer, Studio Personnel - Michael Mugisha, Composer - Stormzy, Vocals, MainArtist, Contracted Performer - Manon Grandjean, Engineer, Studio Personnel - EY, Producer, Programmer, Studio Personnel, Non Featured Artist - Eyobed Getachew, Composer - Temi Aisida, Composer - John Horsley, Composer - Michael Omari, Composer - Matt Wolach, Assistant Mix Engineer, Studio Personnel - Adbul Bello, Composer

2019 Hashtag Merky Music Limited under exclusive license to Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. 2019 Hashtag Merky Music Limited under exclusive license to Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

6
Handsome 00:02:32

Stuart Hawkes, Masterer, Studio Personnel - Mark "Spike" Stent, Mixer, Studio Personnel - T-Minus, Producer, Arranger, Drums, Bass, Studio Personnel, Non Featured Artist - Tyler Williams, Composer - Darren Jones, Engineer, Studio Personnel - Michael Freeman, Assistant Mix Engineer, Studio Personnel - Frank Dukes, Composer, Producer, Studio Personnel - Stormzy, Vocals, MainArtist, Contracted Performer - Kaan, Composer, Piano, Non Featured Artist - Michael Omari, Composer - Matt Wolach, Assistant Mix Engineer, Studio Personnel - Harpaal Sanghera, Assistant Engineer, Studio Personnel

2019 Hashtag Merky Music Limited under exclusive license to Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. 2019 Hashtag Merky Music Limited under exclusive license to Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

7
Do Better 00:04:09

Fraser T Smith, Composer, Producer, Drums, Keyboards, Piano, Studio Personnel, Bass Programmer, Non Featured Artist - Stuart Hawkes, Masterer, Studio Personnel - Mark "Spike" Stent, Mixer, Studio Personnel - LaDonna Harley-Peters, Backing Vocals, Non Featured Artist - Michael Freeman, Assistant Mix Engineer, Studio Personnel - Dion Wardle, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Non Featured Artist - Phebe Edwards, Backing Vocals, Non Featured Artist - Stormzy, Vocals, MainArtist, Contracted Performer - Manon Grandjean, Engineer, Studio Personnel - Michael Omari, Backing Vocals, Contracted Performer - Olivia Williams, Backing Vocals, Non Featured Artist - Tobie Tripp, Viola, Violin, Non Featured Artist - Matt Wolach, Assistant Mix Engineer, Studio Personnel - Harpaal Sanghera, Assistant Engineer, Studio Personnel

2019 Hashtag Merky Music Limited under exclusive license to Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. 2019 Hashtag Merky Music Limited under exclusive license to Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

8
Don't Forget to Breathe (feat. YEBBA) [Interlude] 00:02:21

Fraser T Smith, Producer, Engineer, Studio Personnel - Paul Epworth, Composer - Stuart Hawkes, Masterer, Studio Personnel - Mark "Spike" Stent, Mixer, Studio Personnel - Darren Jones, Engineer, Studio Personnel - Michael Freeman, Assistant Mix Engineer, Studio Personnel - Dion Wardle, Keyboards, Piano, Non Featured Artist - Stormzy, Vocals, MainArtist, Contracted Performer - Manon Grandjean, Engineer, Studio Personnel - Michael Omari, Composer - Claude Vause, Assistant Engineer, Studio Personnel - YEBBA, FeaturedArtist - Matt Wolach, Assistant Mix Engineer, Studio Personnel - Harpaal Sanghera, Assistant Engineer, Studio Personnel - Kassa 'PRGSHN' Alexander, Producer, Studio Personnel

2019 Hashtag Merky Music Limited under exclusive license to Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. 2019 Hashtag Merky Records Limited under exclusive license to Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

9
One Second (feat. H.E.R.) 00:04:00

Stuart Hawkes, Masterer, Studio Personnel - Mark "Spike" Stent, Mixer, Studio Personnel - Darren Jones, Engineer, Studio Personnel - Michael Freeman, Assistant Mix Engineer, Studio Personnel - Stormzy, Vocals, MainArtist, Contracted Performer - Manon Grandjean, Engineer, Studio Personnel - Owen Cutts, Composer, Producer, Drums, Organ, Studio Personnel, Non Featured Artist - Michael Omari, Composer - Alastair O'Donnell, Composer - AOD, Bass Guitar, Additional Production, Studio Personnel, Non Featured Artist - Dan Caplen, Composer, Piano, Backing Vocals, Wurlitzer, Non Featured Artist - H.E.R., FeaturedArtist - 169, Drums, Non Featured Artist - Matt Wolach, Assistant Mix Engineer, Studio Personnel - Harpaal Sanghera, Assistant Engineer, Studio Personnel - Shaun Barret Hypertone, Vocal Production, Studio Personnel

2019 Hashtag Merky Music Limited under exclusive license to Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. 2019 Hashtag Merky Records Limited under exclusive license to Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

10
Pop Boy (feat. Aitch) 00:02:32

Stuart Hawkes, Masterer, Studio Personnel - Mark "Spike" Stent, Mixer, Studio Personnel - Fred, Producer, Drums, Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, Backing Vocals, Bass, Synthesizer, Studio Personnel, Non Featured Artist - Toddla T, Producer, Studio Personnel - Michael Freeman, Assistant Mix Engineer, Studio Personnel - Aitch, FeaturedArtist - Stormzy, Vocals, MainArtist, Contracted Performer - Manon Grandjean, Engineer, Studio Personnel - Thomas Mackenzie Bell, Composer - Michael Omari, Composer - Fred Gibson, Composer - RØMANS, Additional Production, Studio Personnel - Matt Wolach, Assistant Mix Engineer, Studio Personnel - Adrian Mcleod, Additional Bass, Omnichord Synthesizer, Non Featured Artist - Harrison Armstrong, Composer - Luke Farnell, Vocal Recording Engineer, Studio Personnel - Harpaal Sanghera, Assistant Engineer, Studio Personnel

2019 Hashtag Merky Music Limited under exclusive license to Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. 2019 Hashtag Merky Records Limited under exclusive license to Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

11
Own It (feat. Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy) 00:03:36

Jonathan Lee, Drums, Programmer, Non Featured Artist - Stuart Hawkes, Masterer, Studio Personnel - Mark "Spike" Stent, Mixer, Studio Personnel - Darren Jones, Engineer, Studio Personnel - Fred, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, Backing Vocals, Bass, Synthesizer, Studio Personnel, Non Featured Artist - Ed Sheeran, Composer, FeaturedArtist - Michael Freeman, Assistant Mix Engineer, Studio Personnel - Jay Weathers, Composer, Additional Production, Studio Personnel - Stormzy, Vocals, MainArtist, Contracted Performer - Manon Grandjean, Engineer, Studio Personnel - Burna Boy, FeaturedArtist - Damini Ogulu, Composer - Michael Omari, Composer - Fred Gibson, Composer - Matt Wolach, Assistant Mix Engineer, Studio Personnel - Harpaal Sanghera, Assistant Engineer, Studio Personnel

2019 Hashtag Merky Music Limited under exclusive license to Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. 2019 Hashtag Merky Music Limited under exclusive license to Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

12
Wiley Flow 00:03:27

Darren Jones, Engineer, Studio Personnel - Joker, Mixer, Studio Personnel - Henkka Niemistö, Masterer, Studio Personnel - Stormzy, Vocals, MainArtist, Contracted Performer - EY, Producer, Programmer, Studio Personnel, Non Featured Artist - Fateh Mohammed Aminur Rahman, Composer - Eyobed Getachew, Composer - Michael Omari, Composer - Adotskitz, Producer, Studio Personnel - Richard Kylea Cowie Jr, Composer - Harpaal Sanghera, Assistant Engineer, Studio Personnel - !llminds, Producer, Studio Personnel

2019 Hashtag Merky Music Limited under exclusive license to Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. 2019 Hashtag Merky Music Limited under exclusive license to Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

13
Bronze 00:02:25

Jonathan Lee, Composer, Drums, Keyboards, Programmer, Synthesizer, Non Featured Artist - Stuart Hawkes, Masterer, Studio Personnel - Joker, Mixer, Studio Personnel - Cardiak, Producer, Studio Personnel - Jay Weathers, Producer, Studio Personnel - Stormzy, Vocals, MainArtist, Contracted Performer - Manon Grandjean, Engineer, Non Featured Artist - Michael Omari, Composer - Harpaal Sanghera, Assistant Engineer, Studio Personnel

2019 Hashtag Merky Music Limited under exclusive license to Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. 2019 Hashtag Merky Music Limited under exclusive license to Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

14
Superheroes 00:03:31

Jonathan Lee, Composer, Drums, Keyboards, Programmer, Synthesizer, Non Featured Artist - Stuart Hawkes, Masterer, Studio Personnel - Mark "Spike" Stent, Mixer, Studio Personnel - Darren Jones, Engineer, Studio Personnel - Michael Freeman, Assistant Engineer, Studio Personnel - Natalie Jordan, Composer - Jay Weathers, Composer, Producer, Studio Personnel - Stormzy, Vocals, MainArtist, Contracted Performer - Michael Omari, Composer - Alastair O'Donnell, Composer - AOD, Producer, Guitar, Studio Personnel, Non Featured Artist - Brian Steven Harris, Composer - Tiana Major9, Backing Vocals, Non Featured Artist - Matt Wolach, Assistant Engineer, Studio Personnel - Nigel Philip Lowis, Composer - Kassa 'PRGSHN' Alexander, Vocal Production, Studio Personnel

2019 Hashtag Merky Music Limited under exclusive license to Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. 2019 Hashtag Merky Music Limited under exclusive license to Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

15
Lessons 00:03:07

Stuart Hawkes, Masterer, Studio Personnel - Mark "Spike" Stent, Mixer, Studio Personnel - Michael Freeman, Assistant Mix Engineer, Studio Personnel - Ed Thomas, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Drum Programmer, Bass, Studio Personnel, Non Featured Artist - Stormzy, Vocals, MainArtist, Contracted Performer - Michael Omari, Composer - Alessandro Di Camillo, Assistant Engineer, Studio Personnel - Matt Wolach, Assistant Mix Engineer, Studio Personnel - Harpaal Sanghera, Assistant Engineer, Studio Personnel - Kassa 'PRGRSHN' Alexander, Backing Vocals, Non Featured Artist

2019 Hashtag Merky Music Limited under exclusive license to Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. 2019 Hashtag Merky Music Limited under exclusive license to Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

16
Vossi Bop 00:03:16

Anderson, Composer - Stuart Hawkes, Masterer, Studio Personnel - Mark "Spike" Stent, Mixer, Studio Personnel - Michael Freeman, Mixer, Studio Personnel - Liam Nolan, Engineer, Studio Personnel - Stormzy, Vocals, MainArtist, Contracted Performer - Michael Omari, Composer - Matt Wolach, Mixer, Studio Personnel - Chris Andoh, Composer, Producer, Drums, Programmer, Studio Personnel, Non Featured Artist - Dakarai Forbes, Composer

2019 Hashtag Merky Music Limited under exclusive license to Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited. 2019 Hashtag Merky Music Limited under exclusive license to Atlantic Records UK, a division of Warner Music UK Limited.

Album Description

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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