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In a way it's unsurprising to see Stormzy smashing it with yet another high profile collaboration, he's just been on such firey form of late.
Notably, the chart topper surprised fans with a remix verse on Ed Sheeran’s global hit ‘Shape Of You’, and then performed live at the BRITs with Sheeran himself.
But what about this latest collaboration? “The record is pretty fucking bad ass!” Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington exclusively told Gigwise. “It’s such a dope record. With it we just wanted to throw some sucker punches, you know?”
When asked how the band even knew about Stormzy Bennington replied: “Because we fucking love music! That’s how we know.”
Obviously excited by the track, he explained how it even came to be: "There’s so much good music out there and we’re always paying attention to what’s going on and who’s dope and who’s making cool stuff and Stormzy was on our radar for quite a while. So we reached out to his camp and asked him if he would do a track with us. We sent him some music and it worked out."
Explaining that this had been set in motion long before Gang Signs and Prayer was even announced and that the success of the album was less of a motivation than Stormzy’s actual talent and previous music, Bennington added:
“With the buzz surrounding him right now with his album going number one we couldn’t have timed it more perfectly. It’s all about having a vibe and having a respect for an artist and then taking a chance and reaching out and asking if they wanna do something. Stormzy’s record is massive! We couldn’t be happier for him.”
Linkin Park’s new album, One More Light, is out 19 May.