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Download Gang Signs & Prayer

by Stormzy
  • Release type: Album
  • Year: 2017
  • Tracks: 16
  • Duration: 58:48
  • Size, Mb: 135.29
  • Bitrate: MP3 336

Review

For all the talk of new wave grime artists, Stormzy has long been standing head and shoulders -- literally and figuratively -- above his peers. Whether you agree or not with the term "new wave", it's arguably irrelevant to Michael Omari, who, on his debut album, continues to ascend the sometimes-restrictive nature of the genre. The opening tracks feature plenty of the characteristic chest puffing and hostility associated with grime, ticking genre boxes such as declaring the hard work put in on "First Things First," an Eskibeat homage aptly titled "Cold," and features from heavy hitters Ghetts and J HUS on "Bad Boys." But as Gang Signs unfolds, a lot of the bravado falls away, revealing Omari's inner workings, his roots, and his desire to elevate grime to the next level. "Blinded by Your Grace, Pt. 1" is the first sign that this isn't your typical grime album, offering a touch of gospel and a respite to the proceedings. Whereas Omari has turned his hand to slower numbers in the past -- notably on his 2014 EP Dreamers Disease -- here his singing and the accompanying backing piano feel impassioned and organic.

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