Things didn’t go as planned last time around for Stormzy and many others as COVID became a global pandemic, but now he returns with his third studio album–This Is What I Mean.
Just after one listen, this has to be the most personal album and definitely pushed himself to another level as an artist.
“When you hear about music camps they always sound intense and somber,” says Stormzy. “People saying, ‘We need to make an album. We need to make some hit records.’ But this felt beautifully free. We’re all musicians but we weren’t always doing music. Some days we played football or walked around taking pictures. And the bi-product to that was very beautiful music. Because when you marry that ethos with world class musicians and the best producers, writers and artists in the world, and we’re in one space, that’s a recipe for something that no one can really imagine. You can’t even calculate what that’s going to come up with. And it came up with a big chunk of this album.”
The 12-song project comes with features from Sampha, India.Arie, NAO, Amaarae and Ayra Starr. Do yourself a favor and go stream this album NOW!