"Gang Signs & Prayer" is the debut studio album by British grime MC Stormzy. It was released on 24 February 2017 independently through #Merky Records while being distributed by ADA of Warner Music Group. It is Stormzy's first major commercial release, following the Dreamers Disease EP (2014). The album features guest appearances from fellow MCs Wretch 32, Ghetts and J HUS, along with singers Kehlani, Raleigh Ritchie and MNEK. It features production from Fraser T Smith and Sir Spyro, among others.
reviewed by theguardian.com
Grime’s commercial renaissance has largely been fueled by a back-to-basics approach: the bullish we-were-right-all-along manifesto set out on Skepta’s 2014 single That’s Not Me. There’s certainly some of that to Stormzy’s rise to success: it doesn’t get much more back-to-basics than freestyling over a 2004 instrumental in a south London park. But there’s a lot more to Gang Signs and Prayer than that. It’s not a perfect debut – it’s slightly too long for one thing, and there are a couple of points where it sags – but it sounds like an album teeming with original, daring ideas. More importantly, it sounds like the work of an artist with the confidence and the talent to pull those ideas off.