U.K. grime rapper Stormzy released his second studio album, Heavy Is the Head, on Friday.
The follow-up to the rapper’s 2017 album, Gang Signs & Prayers (GS&P), includes the hit single Vossi Bop, which he released in April.
The new album also includes Crown, Wiley Flow and Own It, featuring Ed Sheeran and Burna Boy.
The 16-track album also features Headie One, H.E.R., Aitch and Tiana Major 9 and Yebba.
The 26-year-old rapper’s album artwork shows Stormzy holding a bulletproof vest with the Union Jack symbol that was designed by Banksy.
MY SECOND ALBUM – ‘HEAVY IS THE HEAD’ – OUT NOW (LINK IN MY BIO) #HITH ?
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Stormzy originally wore the vest during his performance at the Glastonbury Festival earlier this year and it was also put on display at a Banksy exhibit.
“As much as I’m a grime MC, I’m also gospel, I’m R&B, I’m pop and I’m soul. I’m all these different things. Becoming a mainstream prospect, I’ve always known that that doesn’t go hand-in-hand with underground and authenticity, just in terms of how people perceive things,” Stormzy told Rolling Stone when describing his style.
“But I’ve always believed in myself enough to know I can do it all.”
Stormzy said that Heavy Is the Head‘s theme “was me on a really reflective, deeper, mental one.”
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