British rapper Stormzy has announced his third studio album, This Is What I Mean, will drop this November.
Out November 25, the 12-track record was mostly written during a retreat to Osea Island: a small island in the Blackwater Estuary that’s accessible by car for only a few hours each day due to the rising tide.
In a statement describing the recording process, Stormzy said: "When you hear about music camps, they always sound intense and somber. People saying, 'We need to make an album.' 'We need to make some hit records.' But this felt beautifully free."
He further explained, "We’re all musicians, but we weren’t always doing music. Some days we played football or walked around taking pictures. And the byproduct to that was very beautiful music. Because when you marry that ethos with world-class musicians and the best producers, writers, and artists in the world, and we’re in one space, that’s a recipe for something that no one can really imagine. You can’t even calculate what that’s going to come up with. And it came up with a big chunk of this album."
This Is What I Mean follows 2019’s Heavy Is the Head and Stormzy's 2017 debut Gang Signs & Prayers. Most recently, he dropped the song “Mel Made Me Do It” with a nearly 11-minute video.
You can pre-order the upcoming album here. Additionally, Stormzy has returned to Instagram, where he has teased a new song and video called "Hide & Seek." The track is set to be released at midnight (October 14), with the music video debuting later in the day.
See the announcement for "Hide & Seek" and peep the album cover and tracklist for This Is What I Mean below.
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Article Image: Stormzy raps into a microphone while performing at the Lowlands Festival in 2019. (benhoudijk via DepositPhotos.)