Stormzy delivers yet another banger, demonstrating his singing ability on his second single of 2019, ‘Crown’ and teases a yet to be confirmed album.
‘Crown’ is a soulful, introspective and politically charged track, which addresses Stormzy’s life before fame and the stresses of his success. Dealing with the weight of responsibility attributed to him he raps “But heavy is the head with the crown I still wear it” whilst also acknowledging the anxieties of failure that he faces “Pray I never lose and pray I never hit the shelf”. Speaking on his latest venture, an educational scholarship for black-British students in Cambridge, Stormzy silences his critics and stands by his decision, stating “I done a scholarship for the kids they said it’s racist, that’s not anti-white, it’s pro-black.”
This single is the follow up to ‘Vossi Bop’, which was released earlier this year and gave Stormzy his first U.K #1 single. Exhibiting a versatility that’s to be expected from his new album, ‘Vossi Bop’ is an upbeat anthem to amp up to whereas ‘Crown’ lurks at the opposite end of the spectrum, proving his ability to create a conscience track over melodic piano riffs accompanied by a soulful choir.
‘Crown’ is produced by two of Britain’s musical icons, Grammy award-winning producer Jimmy Napes and legendary DJ, MJ Cole. Featured on the harmonious chorus is the musical ensemble LJ Singers, who create an emotional aura for this sentimental song.
Catch Stormzy headlining Glastonbury Festival later this week, marking a milestone for Grime music in the mainstream. You can also watch the official performance video for his latest single ‘Crown’ below.