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18 October 2022

Stormzy On New Material, His Favourite Spice Girl

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Stormzy has spoken about his new album and chosen his favourite Spice Girl in a new Magic FM interview.

Asked whether the new album has a potential Christmas hit on it, Stormzy replied, “Well, lo and behold I’ve got something really special for you guys and do you know why I’m so proud? Because I made this song with love… I just made this song, and it came from the most pure place, I wrote it with an amazing artist. A really extremely gifted artist called Debbie and we made this beautiful, beautiful song, and I genuinely think that…I don’t want to jinx it, but I swear to you, I can’t wait for you guys to hear it.”

When asked to name his favourite Spice Girl, Stormy replied, “You know what? Sporty Spice because I know they are all incredibly talented… but she’s got a special voice…her voice just cuts through.”

Stormzy recently announced details of his highly anticipated third album, This Is What I Mean, due 25 November on Def Jam. The album can be pre-ordered here.

The rapper recently opened up about the experience of making his new album, “That was the most beautiful, spiritual coming-togethers I’ve even been involved in,” he explained. “It was one of those things… you kind of had to be there. Even if I describe it, I won’t really do it justice.”

Stormzy continued: “It was my favourite musicians, my favourite producers, my favourite artists just in this big house, with different rooms where you might have Kassa on the top floor making music and then you got Jacob Collier in the room over there.”

Last month Stormzy released his first solo single in almost three years, Mel Made Me Do It, featuring a guest verse from Stylo G and a striking monologue by Wretch 32 (narrated by actress Michaela Coel).

The track arrived alongside an 11-minute music video directed by KLVDR, fusing multiple storylines and showcasing over 35 cameos, including Jose Mourinho, Dave, Headie One, Little Simz, Louie Theroux, Malorie Blackman and Usain Bolt.


1. Fire + Water
2. This Is What I Mean
3. FireBabe
4. Please
5. Need You
6. Hide & Seek
7. My Presidents Are Black
8. Sampha’s Plea
9. Holy Spirit
10. Bad Blood
11. I Got My Smile Back
12. Give It To The Water

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