Mysterious billboards have been appearing around London over the past few days. They seem to tease at a new release from Stormzy.
The billboards have been seen in Shoreditch, Hammersmith and other locations. They feature Stormzy’s iconic #MERKY logo in the left hand corner, cryptic lines and a minimalist design. The only thing we know is that the release date looks set to be February 24th.
Fans will feel that new music is overdue from the London MC. He has been working on his debut album for a number of months now. The project is rumoured to be produced by Messers Mo and Mikey Samuels, who recently produced much of Wretch 32’s latest album. According to Clash Magazine, the album will reflect the man behind the hype. It will be a project that showcases “Michael, not Stormzy”. Speaking on the subject early last year, the artist said “You’re getting the freestyles, you’re getting the records here and there, but you’re not getting who Stormzy is. I want you to understand who I am, what I love, what I hate, what I treasure, what has stunted my growth, helped my growth. I want everything to be in this record.”
There is rumoured to be a large component of soul on the album, and a cameo from 13 year old viral star Deno Driz, a London based secondary school student who’s recent covers of Ed Sheeran have landed him on Stormzy’s radar. The artist himself has not released any music since he dropped the theme to Noel Clarke’s film “Brotherhood” in August 2016. In September he announced that he would cancel all of his remaining gigs in 2016 and deleted all of his social media accounts in November.
The campaign featured slogans such as “Ain’t dropped nothing for a minute. I’m fine” and “All my young black kings rise up man, this is our year”. We are not the only ones who hope that this will indeed be Stormzy’s year.