STORMZY RELEASES BRAND-NEW SINGLE “CROWN”
The track was produced with MJ Cole and Jimmy Napes, who co-wrote the track with Stormzy, and is accompanied by live visuals filmed at the iconic Church Studio in London.
Stormzy is shown performing backed by gospel singers who provide some additional soul to go with Stormzy’s raw and honest lyrics.
At one point he addresses the backlash to his pioneering scholarship for black students at Cambridge University, rapping: “I done a scholarship for the kids, they said it’s racist/ That’s not anti-white, it’s pro-black.”
In a statement, Stormzy commented: “I’ve been struggling to find words to describe how much this song means to me… struggling to explain exactly why I felt the needed to say what I’ve said on the record… and can’t quite summarise the journey of emotions the song takes me on when I listen back to it. I’m very proud of myself for making this song and I can’t wait for you all to hear it. Nothing but love and respect for my brother Jimmy Napes a world class phenomenal talent and MJ Cole the genius and legend – an honour and a pleasure to work with you both my brothers. We’ve created something very special and close to my heart.”
The Grime star, who is set to headline Glastonbury next week, unveiled the first offering from his upcoming second album in April. ‘Vossi Bop’ gave him his first ever UK Number One single, while also clocking up the biggest week of streams ever for a rapper.
Teasing the new single earlier this week, Stormzy wrote on Twitter: “‘Where words fail, music speaks.’ Tomorrow at midnight I release the second single from my forthcoming album. It’s entitled ‘CROWN’.”
Further details on the ‘Gang Signs & Prayer‘ follow-up are not yet known.
Stormzy will headline Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage next Friday night (June 28), joining fellow headliners The Killers and The Cure on Worthy Farm. Speaking of the fast-approaching show in April, Stormzy hit back at those doubting his top-billing.
“If you think I got booked for Glastonbury headline to come there and not give you an iconic headline performance, you’ve gone crazy.”
“Crown” is the follow-up to Stormzy’s comeback single “Vossi Bop”, which became his first number one single in the UK with 94,495 combined sales – breaking the record for week one streams by a British rapper at 12.7 million.