First video from the album since 'Big For Your Boots'
Cai Trefor

06:00 13th March 2017

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Stormzy has just released his first video in a month to celebrate his number one album Gang Signs & Prayer going gold. Check out 'Cold' on Gigwise below.

The grime star, who was number one with his debut until Ed Sheeran stormed the charts, went gold (100,000 copies) after 16 days, and said on Twitter: "Grateful would be an understatement."

'Cold' features spare, icy electronic instrumentation with come subtle brass overtones, and backing vocals emphasising the intense high energy feel of the original beat.

Lyrically, it shows Stormzy, who spent album release day doing some guerilla gigs, rapping about his youth in South London, but through his personal experience he makes a potent political statement. Shortly after slamming Boris Johnson he says the following: “All my young black kings rise up/ Man this is our year/ And my young black queens right there/ It’s been a long time coming I swear."

I just love the fact that I can say that on the tune, and it can resonate." Stormzy told Fader. "'Cold' was a turning point for me, because I figured out how to approach grime differently. It isn’t a political “conscious rap” song — it’s a bubbly, fun, vibrant grime track. But with that one message, it becomes bigger than a song, it becomes bigger than me."

The track is certainly a highlight of the long, diverse album that's just gone gold and visually it's been art directed, and shot beautifully to capture the feel of the tune.

Meanwhile, Stormzy is set to play head out on a UK tour very soon. Check here for ticket information.


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Photo: Emma Viola Lilja