Stormzy has, today (April 26), released his first new track, ‘Vossi Bop’, of 2019, which sees the grime star take aim at Boris Johnson. The release of the new track has got fans into a frenzy that it could potentially be the first glimpse of his next album.
The grime star’s latest single, ‘Vossi Bop’, took inspiration from Twitter user @NL_Vossi, in 2015. After the viral dance was born form the Twitter user, it was shared across streaming services at midnight in the UK – three years after Stormzy first teased the track.
Speaking, to Julie Adenuga on Beats 1, about the track’s origins, Stomzy, said: “I met Vossi on the internet… He went to get Supermalt, he was on his way back, and he was just dancing to this song. But it was just so infectious, and such a genuine joyous moment that for whatever reason, I went to the studio a couple weeks later, and I made this song called ‘Vossi Bop.’ But this is like three years ago, 2016 I made this song. Or 2015.
“And yeah, I just had the spirit of Vossi in me, and I was just like … Yeah, it was very like, now that I think back on it, it just felt very from God, and very natural. Like yeah, this is my vibe right now. I think it just embodies everything that I’m about. The confidence, the humour, the style, the flair, the anarchy, the chaos, just the vibe. All of these things, I was like, “This is me embodied.”
While the track, ‘Vossi Bop’, sees Stormzy experimenting with trap, it also maintains his strong sense of social narration – with the grime star taking aim at Boris Johnson, in a subtle dig. It includes lyrics that take aim at Boris Johnson: “Rule number 2 don’t make the promise/ If you can’t keep the deal then just be honest/ I can never die I’m Chuck Norris/ F**k the government and f**k Boris.”
The 25-year-old rapper has previously rapped about what is going on in the world including weighing in on politics, backing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in the 2016 election. He also called Prime Minister, Theresa May, a “paigon” and asked her “where’s the money for Grenfell?”, during a performance at the Brit Awards.
The track is Stormzy’s first new song in nearly two years, after his album, ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’, was released in 2017, which reached number one. While a release date for the follow-up to 2017’s ‘Gangs Signs & Prayer’ is yet to be confirmed, it’s thought that the record could arrive before the end of 2019. The release of the track comes weeks before the grime star is set to take top billing, on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage, he will be joined by fellow headliners The Killers and The Cure.