Stormzy brings us his most comprehensive project yet with Gang Signs & Prayer, a sixteen track behemoth complete with notable feature appearances, refined production, and lyrical tenacity. While taking a subtle step away from the dub heavy and wobbly bass sound traditionally associated with Grime, Stormzy still remains loyal to the movement and cements himself as one of the frontrunners within the British rap pack. Grim, braggadocios, and refreshingly emotional, Gang Signs & Prayer reveals a new window into the emcee as an artist, human, and deeply rooted South Londoner.
Where Skepta ventured back to the gritty roots of the genre in his latest debut Konnichiwa, Stormzy opens up a new chapter for Grime by seamlessly switching from familiar high energy slaps to romantic sing-alongs to radio friendly jams. Gang Signs & Prayer is eerily reminiscent of a Drake album, as it navigates through all aspects of Stormzy’s life, and relies heavily on unbridled openness. This album will undoubtedly have any listener slow dancing one second and aggressively moshing the next. One thing is for certain: you’ll be on your feet regardless. With features from Ghetts, J Hus, Raleigh Ritchie, MNEK and Bay Area goddess Kehlani, this album serves as a final reminder that the other side of the Atlantic is cooking up a storm. Take a listen below: