After years of building quite the name for himself in the international music scene and earning a handful of awards, talented grime star Stormzy will finally release his anticipated debut studio album next Friday, February 24. Dubbed Gang Signs & Prayer, the LP will feature songs such as the recently-released single “Big For Your Boots” and collaborations with artists such as MNEK, Raleigh Ritchie, Kehlani and others.
Currently in the process of promoting the project, the #Merky Records talent stopped by the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge for a Q&A session and performance. Joined by a cadre of gospel singers and studio musicians, Stormzy delivered a striking, unique rework of Kanye West’s Life of Pablo standout “Ultralight Beam.” “This song means a lot to me,” explained Stormzy. ““I love the message of the song. I love the musicality of the song. It’s one of my favorite songs … it’s a song that inspires me.”
You can check out Stormzy’s latest Live Lounge appearance here; skip to the 2:12:30 mark to check out his “Ultralight Beam” cover.
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