British rapper, Michael Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo, professionally known as Stormzy released his second studio album late last year. The rapper premiered a single off the album, Own it, which featured Africa’s Giant, Burna Boy and English singer, Ed Shereen which peaked charts in the UK. On the 13th December, ‘Heavy is the Head’ was released on digital platforms. The sixteen-track album features artists from the likes of Burna Boy, Ed Shereen, Headie One, H.E.R, Yebba, and Aitch. Let’s get down to the review.
After winning Best Grime Act at the 2014 and 2015 MOBO Awards, Stormzy became one of those artists you'll say had a bright future. In 2017, he released his debut album, Gang Signs & Prayer. The album reached number one on the UK Albums Chart and won British Album of the Year at the 2018 Brit Awards. It was not surprising when he released his second studio album, 'Heavy is the head'.
Heavy is the head is that album that has a broad listening perceptive. The major genres of music in the album are hip/hop rap which was targeted for the young and mid-generation. The album features top-notch artists mainly vocalists which gave the album that vintage sound. The fourth track on the album, "Rainfall" which features Tiana Major9 has a sample of Mary Mary's "Shackles (Praise You)".
The vocal delivery, production, lyrics, and structure of the album are impressive.
Heavy is the head album was centered on the British environment, from the accent to the lyrics showed Stormzy was confined to a particular setting.