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Stormzy's Debut Album, 'Gang Signs & Prayer,' Is Coming Really Soon

Nigerian grime MC, Stormzy announces the release date for his debut album "Gang Signs and Prayer."

Earlier today, British-Nigerian grime star, Stormzy, announced the release date for his upcoming debut album Gang Signs and Prayer.


The album drops on February 24, following a string of successful singles from the artist and the release of his 2014 Dreamers Disease EP.

It's been quite a long time coming, and folks are rightfully excited. Even fellow grime MC, Skepta, noted how big of a deal the announcement was.

Jheeze.. a Storm is coming ??

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Stormzy's been hinting at the album's release by sharing various quips on billboards all over London.

? Ready for this Friday .... #stormzy #gsap

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Check the full track-list for Gang Signs and Prayer below.

 

Interview

Angelique Kidjo Writes a Love Letter to 'Mother Nature'

We talk to the Beninese musical icon about assembling her new album on Zoom and the "bigger than COVID-19" threat that lies ahead!

The kind of infectious energy that lives within Angelique Kidjo can't be contained by Zoom. Her zest for life reaches out far beyond any screen, and burns stronger than the fastest internet connection.

"I can't wait until we're in person hugging again," she enthuses soon after joining our Zoom meeting to discuss her latest album Mother Nature. Having been on the receiving end of a hug from the four-time Grammy-winning singer, I know exactly what I'm missing out on. "Me too," I say, as I wrap my arms around my laptop, my face squishing the screen. "No, no," she retorts. "I don't want that. You keep it. I want the real deal," she chuckles, her full-bodied trademark laughter lovingly admonishing me.

The Benin-born musician is preparing to release Mother Nature, a collection of songs reflecting our one Earth, and cementing her status as an African musical icon. Collaborating with the likes of Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Sampa the Great, Shungudzo and more, Kidjo's crossing through time and space, over age and country through Mother Nature's themes and stories. Each track is infused with a vigor that only she possesses — the kind that shares a significant message even as the listener is called to just dance or sing along.

Below, Angelique Kidjo reminisces about making the album, and chats us through her hopes and dreams for it!

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