The last two weeks have been huge for the grime scene. We’ve seen Skepta & Wiley pick up awards at The NME Music awards. Then we had the BRITs hype. Kano, Wiley, Skepta & Stormzy all nominated for various awards. Skepta performed a live rendition of ‘Shut Down’ but the real talking point came from Ed Sheerans decision to bring out Stormzy. When the hype from the BRITs settled it was finally time. Gang Signs and Prayer is here!
The debut album from the man many refer to as the Grime saviour or the chosen one, Stormzy, has finally arrived & it’s causing a storm. This album has been met with so much anticipation and excitement, it almost feels like every Grime fan, old & new is gassed for it. And let me be the first to say, Stormzy has not disappointed.
The album begins with the track First things First. A subtle but strong introduction for what’s to come. The album has a great combitination of the old era of grime and the new. This gets highlighted perfectly on Bad Boys ft. Ghetts & J Hus. The track begins with a sample from the famous Ghetts & Bashy ‘Carlos’ incident. Hard bars & a grimy beat follow. How do you top that? You get J Hus on the hook.
Big Mike shows his versatility with tracks like Blinded By Your Grace, Velevt & Cigarettes & Cush.
The Crazy Titch feature had a lot of people talking & all the Grime fans that remember the days of Titch will be happy to hear his thoughts on Stormzy. In the interlude he refers to Stormzy as Neo & himself as Morpheous, which is met by laughter from Stormz.
This album has a feel that it could of been made in Grimes yesteryear, but is so perfectly at home in the current scene. Ghetts recently said in an interview that Stormzy could of made it in his day of grime & Gang Sings and Prayer is proof.
The album has not disappointed & Stormzy has cemented himself as one of the best in scene.
Gang Signs an Prayer OUT NOW!!