Stormzy has released his third studio album and has asked everyone to listen to it with an “open heart”.
The London rapper has penned a letter accompanying the release of “This Is What I Mean,” addressing his critics and saying that all he can hope for is that the deeply personal record gets a chance, whether they like it or not. not. not.
He wrote: “I feel like I share too much which sometimes makes me feel naked.
“But I’m doing it so that you can understand me a little better and to give some context to the art I make.”
The ‘Own It’ star insists he doesn’t care if the record is hated.
He admitted: “People have been trying to pigeonhole me for years, but I hope this chapter at least lets my biggest critic say, ‘Hey, he’s stupid, but he likes music and I think he’s going to do whatever he wants.’ Lol.(sic)”
Stormzy said, “I pray you listen to this album with an open heart and if you hate it after I promised God I’m totally fine with that I’m just thankful you listened with an open mind.”
His only wish is that people are somehow touched by the lyrics.
He concluded, “I pray it moves you and captures your imagination and I pray that someone somewhere feels it.”
Stormzy recently said it’s an accomplishment to have at least one person “feel” his music.
He said: “I’ve never been so excited about new music. I’ve never felt so proud and confident in the art I’ve created.
“And the great thing about it is that it… all my confidence and all my pride comes from art. It doesn’t come from who people think I am or what I’ve accomplished – it’s none of that. It’s just one, ‘Yo, we made something really beautiful, really special’ Something that people will feel, you know what I mean?
“When people ask me what I want to achieve, I just say, ‘I want people to feel it.’ Whether it’s one person, whether it’s 20 million people, whether it’s 200 — I don’t mind. want someone to feel it, and I’m very confident that when people hear this, they’re going to feel it.”
Stormzy had no preconceived notions about his new album before he walked into the recording studio, but he now considers it a “soul” album.
He explained, “I keep calling it a soul album.
“I’m not calling it a soul album in the Aretha Franklin sense or any genre. It’s just something that came from my soul, which sounds really cheesy, but that’s the only way I can describe it.
“People say is it a rap album, is it a grime album, is it a gospel album. I’m like ‘Yo, it’s just feelings that came from my soul’. Yeah, we just made something that I hope touches the soul of someone else, you know what I mean?”