Venue: O2 Academy, Glasgow
Date: Wednesday 5th April
By Tara Fitzpatrick
“Mum if you’re listening close your ears” raps a derisive Stormzy on the track Mr Skeng of his debut album. The album is full of critical put-downs and scathing statements which will undoubtedly benefit from the instantaneous thrill of live performance when the 23-year-old plays the 02 Academy in Glasgow on Wednesday.
Last year’s Not That Deep, which has a hookline chorus sure to unite an audience, will please the crowd but Gang Signs and Prayer is also filled with more contemplative, lyrical tracks. This is bound to create an effective mix for Glasgow audiences.
Having released his debut studio album, Gang Signs and Prayer, to strong critical endorsement, grime artist Stormzy is touring the UK for the first time as an entirely solo rapper.
Gang Signs and Prayer includes the rap-battle-style lyrics which propelled the underground hip-hop star into the spotlight of the mainstream. There are also smoother, honest tracks which demonstrate a more sensitive and confessional side to the rising star. His conflicting feelings of fame, love and religion are all contemplated within the sonically varying set.