Stormzy has returned with new track ‘Vossi Bop’, marking what could potentially be the first offering from his next album.
The latest track takes inspiration from Twitter user @Nl_Vossi after the grime icon first encountered him online in 2015.
“I met Vossi on the internet… He went to get Supermalt, he was on his way back, and he was just dancing to this song,” he explained to Beats 1’s Julie Adenuga.
“But it was just so infectious, and such a genuine joyous moment that for whatever reason, I went studio a couple weeks later, and I made this song called ‘Vossi Bop.’ But this is like three years ago, 2016 I made this song. Or 2015.
“And yeah, I just had the spirit of Vossi in me, and I was just like … Yeah, it was very like, now that I think back on it, it just felt very from God, and very natural. Like yeah, this is my vibe right now. I think it just embodies everything that I’m about. The confidence, the humour, the style, the flair, the anarchy, the chaos, just the vibe. All of these things, I was like, “This is me embodied.”
While the track sees Stormzy experimenting with trap, it also maintains his strong sense of social commentary – with a subtle dig at Boris Johnson.
“I could never die I’m Chuck Norris, fuck the government, fuck Boris,” he raps.
Later this year Stormzy will take top billing on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage, joining The Cure and The Killers as headliners. While a release date for the follow-up to 2017’s ‘Gangs Signs & Prayer’ is yet to be confirmed, it’s thought that the record could arrive before the end of 2019.