London grime artist Stormzy made his triumphant return with "Vossi Bop" earlier this year -- his first official since the release of Gang Signs & Prayers. As he continues the rollout for his sophomore album, he comes through with his second single, "Crown." The rapper's latest single finds him digging into his gospel roots once again with a choir backing him while addressing social, economic, and political issues that he and other young Black people have faced in the U.K.
Ahead of the single's released, he sent a message to his fans about how much this song meant. "Struggling to explain exactly why I felt the need to say what I’ve said on the record," he wrote. "And can’t quite summarise the journey of emotions the song takes me on when I listen back to it."
Hang me out to dry, I won't crack
All these fancy ties and gold plaques
Never had no silver spoons in our mouths, we sold-, like
Don't comment on my culture, you ain't qualified
Stab us in the back and then apologise
If you knew my story you'd be horrified
The irony of trappin' on a Boris bike