The British-Ghanaian rapper born Michael Ebenezer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr. popularly known as Stormzy has announced the features on his upcoming album “This Is What I Mean”. The album features a collection of Afrobeats artists and producers.
Stormzy is staying true to his African roots on the upcoming album.
In anticipation of the project, the rapper revealed the “cast” for the album, which will be released on Friday, November 25, 2022, and it’s worth noting that it includes a sizable number of African acts.
Ghana’s Black Sherif, Amaarae, and Juls join the list as well as Nigeria’s Ayra Starr, Teni, P2J, Oxlade, Tempoe, and Ms. Banks.
Other talented acts like Goerge Moore, Knox Brown, Ayanna, Dion Wardle, Scribz Riley, KZ, Owen Gutts, and India Arie were also featured on the album.
Stormzy‘s upcoming album, ‘This Is What I Mean’, will be the UK rap star’s third studio album and is set to be released later this month.
In October, the UK rapper dropped his first track off his forthcoming album, “Mel Made Me Do It”, featuring a role from Jose Mourinho, the Portuguese professional football manager, and some narration from actress and screenwriter Michaela Coel.
Stormzy kept that same energy for his next song, the official lead single for the project, “Hide & Seek”, featuring Top Boy actress Saffron Hocking. Stormzy recently revealed that his latest upcoming project, which will include 12 tracks, was created with “freedom” and fun in mind.
“This Is What I Mean” is the follow-up to Stormzy’s acclaimed 2019 album “Heavy Is The Head”.
New album unlocks whatever freedom I have been looking for ‘Stormzy’
Stormzy says that his upcoming third studio album unlocks whatever freedom he has been looking for, both as a man and as a creative.
The UK grime star said the album, titled ‘This Is What I Mean’, was a “reflection of growth” but that the process of making it had been “selfish”.
It comes three years after his last album, ‘Heavy Is The Head’, and follows the release of the hit single ‘Mel Made Me Do It’ in September.
In an interview, the rapper and philanthropist discussed “real artistic freedom”, saying it was about “being totally true to yourself”.
“It reflects the man I am and the man I’ve become, where I’m at in my life. It’s a reflection of growth.
“It’s not an attempt at music so much, it’s more me trying to hold up a mirror to myself.”Stormzy
He continued to say that real artistic freedom is about not considering the audience but doing it in a really pure way. Again, he said he finds it impossible to figure out what people want from him. So the process of making this album has been very selfish.
“It’s not about defying what everyone thinks about you; it’s about being totally true to yourself.
“I feel like this album unlocks whatever freedom I’ve been looking for, both as a man and as a creative”.Stormzy