Stormzy Taps Trap Sensibilities for Murky New Single "Vossi Bop"

The artist’s first single in nearly two years.

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Returning from a nearly two-year hiatus, English rapper Stormzy has returned with a trap-laden new single entitled “Vossi Bop.” Following up his 2017 debut solo album Gang Signs & Prayer, the prolific UK artist has since then garnered a variety of BRIT Awards, as well as a sleek reputation from energetic headlining performances at various festivals. Recently Stormzy canceled his show at Austria’s Snowbombing Festival after citing that security “racially targeted” and “aggressively handled” his crew.

The new track, which was first teased back in 2017, retains much of the same sound with various renovations, taking on a murky bassline that’s effectually layered with punchy 808-snares. Stormzy follows through with his signature rapping style, blending American hip-hop sensibilities with the raw and unfiltered side of Grime, honing in on politically charged lyricism that takes aim at Brexit-movement frontman Boris Johnson.

Quotable lyrics include “Gyal say I’m bougie, way too exclusive/Chillin’ in Dubai, know I get all inclusive/Now, may I ask if you could find it in your spirit/To leave us all alone and go and mind your fuckin’ business/Lookin’ in the mirror, saying, ‘Michael, you’re the illest’/When I’m James Bond, trying to live my movie like I’m Idris.”

You can listen to Stormzy’s “Vossi Bop” below and check out the visuals above.

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