Fresh from being awarded ‘Solo Act Of The Year’ at this year’s British GQ ‘Man Of The Year’ Awards - and currently holding the number #1 chart position for his ‘Take Me Back To London’ collaboration with Ed Sheeran – multi-award-winning musician, Stormzy, has today unveiled his highly-anticipated new single, ‘Sounds Of The Skeng.’ Produced by Sir Spyro (who produced Stormzy’s 2017 hit single ‘Big For Your Boots,’ amongst others) ‘Sounds Of The Skeng’ is yet another supremely slick release from the modern day troubadour. With his South London flow aligning to a Grime production; Stormzy’s confidence is ever-present, with his word play retaining his well-known comedic essence.
'Sounds Of The Skeng’ tails on from ‘Crown,’ Stormzy’s second release in recent months which followed his remarkable return in April where he unveiled ‘Vossi Bop,’ his first release since 2017. ‘Vossi Bop’ broke the record for the biggest week one streams for a British Rapper, ever, with streams accumulating to over 12.7 million. The single saw a combined sales total of 94,495 and subsequently earnt Stormzy his first ever UK #1 single, holding the top position for two consecutive weeks.
Before Stormzy released his platinum-selling #1 debut album, ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’ in February 2017, many would merely have called him one of the most promising rappers on the UK scene. Just over two years on however, that description is utterly inadequate. A showman like no other, his remarkable ascent has been accompanied by his honest and relatable character. Known for evolving the underground musical landscape, as well as being a perennial political agitator, Stormzy is a true spokesman of black empowerment and social activism. He has become one of the UK’s most inspiring cultural figures and earlier this year, during his headline performance at Glastonbury Festival, he took the opportunity to highlight a plethora of social issues, including the injustice of young black children being criminalized in a biased and disproportionate justice system.
Despite being out of the ‘musical’ spotlight last year, his philanthropy continued. In July 2018 Stormzy launched ‘The Stormzy Scholarship’ – a studentship which funds the study of two black students, each year, at Cambridge University and this summer, launched its second year of the scholarship. Subsequent to the scholarship, he unveiled #Merky Books, an imprint formed in collaboration with Penguin Random House UK which saw the release of own book ‘Rise Up: The Story So Far’ in November. Shortly after he revealed the imprint’s ‘Writers’ Prize’ – an initiative which looks for the best authors of the next generation. Adding further strings to his bow, the Ghanaian MC also announced his very own music record label #Merky Records in January 2018 - a subsidiary of Atlantic Records UK – which will look to sign the hottest new and emerging talent.