Borrowing the instrumental from Drake‘s Allen Ritter, Frank Dukes and Vinylz produced ‘4PM In Calabasas’, Big Mike reflects on the gifts and curses of his success. He also hints that his second album isn’t too far away.
Watch the beautifully minimal Kaylum Dennis-directed video above.
Last night Stormzy released a short film to accompany his historic debut album Gang Signs & Prayer.
Directed by Rollo Jackson, the fifteen minute piece blends drama and live performances in an exploration of the album’s themes, as it follows a young man battling temptations and inner demons on his way to adulthood.
“Young youts like myself, that grow up in the hood, we often don’t know that we are actually the masters of our own destiny,” says Stormzy. “There are so many things that steer us in the wrong direction. However, we decide what happens in our own lives and like my album, I endeavoured for this film to portray just that.”
No stranger to the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge at this point, Stormzy passed through at the end of last week to pay homage to his garage influence with a cover of Shanks & Bigfoot‘s ’99 classic ‘Sweet Like Chocolate’.
The reworking boasts a full live band, backing vocalists and new bars from Stiff Chocolate himself.
He also took the time to perform a live rendition of his Gang Signs & Prayer cut ‘Blinded By Your Grace’ which you can check out below.
Still riding high of the back of his debut album Gang Signs & Prayer, Stormzy revisits his Kehlani-assisted slow jam ‘Cigarettes & Cush’ for a new visual.
Billed as “A Film Inspired By The Album” the cinematic piece has Stormzy falling in love with the opposition, with co-star Andrea Ali playing an undercover police officer who is trying to take down his illegal weed farm.
Along with the video comes the announcement that Stormzy is preparing to release Gang Signs & Prayer on vinyl, you can pre-order a copy here…
Autumn/Winter is fast approaching and adidas have been unveiling their forthcoming EQT range for the season. While the likes of Danny Brown and Angel Haze were part of the worldwide apparel unveiling, there is only really one man in the UK that can front the EQT sneaker range.
Stormzy – who else? – will be seen in JD stores across the country as the face of the store’s exclusive EQT sneakers.“I’m all about being original, authentic, and I feel that EQT stands for just that,” Big Mikey had to say. The EQT FW17 range is out now at JD (online and in stores), with additional styles to be released in September.
Following the success of his number one album Gang Signs & Prayer, Stormzy has now unveiled plans to host his own festival in Ibiza.
Taking place on 11th July at Ibiza Rocks hotel – where he played his first Ibiza show just two years ago – Big Mike will be hosting a line-up of stellar UK talent, with Dave, J Hus, Jaykae, Kenny Allstar, MIST, Mostack and Ray BLK, with Julie Adenuga on hosting duties.
As ever we’re opening the week by providing you a soundtrack to live the next seven days to. And last week provided some great new music to wrap your ears around.
Oscar #Worldpeace came through with his debut project, Recluse, a brilliantly concise and relatable project that we’d implore you to spend some time with. Then there were a bunch of huge club tracks, from Steel Banglez’ ‘Money’ to Tonga Balloon Gang‘s ‘Pattern Up’, plus massive remixes to D Double E‘s ‘How I Like It’ and Kamakaze‘s ‘Pull Ups’.
And if you find yourself needing to chill out, jump to the end of the playlist, where we’ve got selections from J. Cole‘s new signee J.I.D, Frank Ocean, Future, Mabel and Jorja Smith.