has been an incredible year for South East London rapper Stormzy.
Having gained a cult following for his amazing rapping talent and larger than life persona on social media, the rapper delivered on high expectations with his debut album ‘Gang Signs and Prayer’ which was a UK number one.
True to his Grime roots with Gospel inflections, the rapper was able to transcend the genre and showcase his artistry which received critical acclaim from his peers as well as fans who have followed the Grime genre since its inception. High energy and sensitivity aptly describe the album which feels like a personal monologue.
Grime has taken the world stage by storm this year and this was reflected by Stormzy winning the best International Act Europe category at the BET awards this year. Coming up against artists such as Giggs, Skepta, Wiley, Emeli Sande and Craig David the competition was stiff but Stormzy’s win was well deserved.
Having won a similar award, Best International Act in 2015, the artist has progressed and his worldwide following has grown with a Coachella performance to his name this year and a sell out tour following his album.
The nominations are telling, with several Grime acts nominated which is again a sign of Grime’s meteoric rise and the scope for the genre’s fan base to grow.
Congratulations to Stormzy for representing the UK music scene on the global stage, he is certainly receiving the recognition his talent deserves.
Listen to ‘Gang Signs and Prayer’ below:
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