Big Stormz advises fans to “look behind you”.
Stormzy’s debut album is expected to be released soon, after a video post teasing the release, seemingly titled ‘Scary’, appeared on Twitter and Instagram last night (April 3).
The 15-second clip – which features a studio control panel covered in polaroid photos and the grime MC (real name Michael Omari) lurking in the darkness – previews a track featuring sinister choral vocals. At one point, a message flashes up reading: “The album is coming”. Check it out below.
The album is produced by Wretch 32 collaborators Messers Mo and Mikey Samuels, and according to quotes in a recent interview with Clash sounds “like Michael personified. And I’m using Michael not Stormzy, because I feel like I need to get back to who I am. There’s been glimpses of people seeing who I am but I’m talking on a musical level,” he explained.
“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.”
As well as featuring soul singers (because “there’s some bits I can’t do myself. I want people to feel that sense of bereavement or pain or mourning from my record”), the record is also likely to contain a cameo from 13-year-old viral star Deno Driz, a London secondary school student whose playground videos of him singing Ed Sheeran recently landed on Stormzy’s radar.