[O]f the many, many milestones in the already storied career of Stormzy, the unstoppable ascent of his debut album Gang Signs and Prayer to the UK number one spot a fortnight ago felt like a seismic shift in UK pop culture and in this artists’ rise to greatness.
Gang Signs and Prayer, with its sincere, lyrical exploration of faith, discrimination, south London, love and family, gatecrashed the UK mainstream. As institutions continued to overlook grime as a genre and its artists as the poets, producers and social commentators of our generation, it took the public to propel it – and Stormzy – to the pinnacle of UK pop music culture.
In a new interview with journalist Kieran Yates accompanied by an exclusive photo shoot by Rankin for Hunger issue 12, Stormzy opens up about god, his youth and how his achievements are only part of the story for the UK’s energised, engaged and talented black youth, “Look you better get ready because there’s bare of us, hundreds of us, coming and we look like this and we dress like this and we talk like this and we’re here.”
Read the full interview with Stormzy in Hunger issue 12, Stand For Something, out Thursday 16th March. Pre-order your issue here.