It’s a promising year for UK grime and hip-hop artist, Stormzy. With his debut album Gun Signs & Prayers making history as the first grime album to claim the number one spot on UK charts along with seven singles from the LP sitting on the top 40; it’s clear Stormzy is an artist to watch for.
Artists can not strive by numbers alone. However, when it comes to talent, Stormzy’s got a whole lot to showcase. After all, he is a protégé of big time grime act, Skepta. Kanye West brought him out on stage at the 2015 BRIT Awards, and don’t forget the “Ultralight Beam” freestyle he delivered on BBC Radio last month. One doesn’t achieve cosigns from music industry vets by numbers alone and his proven talent speaks for itself.
Today, Stormzy showed off his soulful vocals and strong stage presence some more on BBC Radio 1Xtra with a moving cover of Frank Ocean‘s “Godspeed.” Backed by a choir the, 23-year-old went into his rendition of the popular single, featured on Ocean’s sophomore album, Blonde.
The cover is among various songs performed by Stormzy during his Live Lounge Takeover; the performance also included covers from the Gun Signs & Prayers LP. The “Godspeed” cover starts at the 11:34 mark. Press play and enjoy the show.
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