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Stormzy Releases 'Gang Signs & Prayer' Film

Stormzy Releases 'Gang Signs & Prayer' Film

Now, months later - following his sold out tour and festival slots all summer - Stormzy has delivered a new short film in support of the project.

United Kingdom grime star Stormzy has shared his childhood with fans in a short film bearing the title of his hit debut album Gang Signs & Prayer.

In this compelling film, the message is clear, narrator Stormzy explains, "The hardest choice in life, but probably the most important choice is actually, like, the road you decide to walk down".

The 24-year-old said: "Young youts like myself, that grow up in the hood, we often don't know that we are actually the masters of our own destiny".

Gang Signs & Prayer made its way to No. 1 on the U.K. charts, also breaking a record for the most first-week streams for a No. 1 album in the U.K. The rapper was able to top artists such as Drake and Justin Bieber.

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A year in the making, the film follows the story of a young boy named Thomas who lives in South London and is raised by a single parent, much like Stormzy.

Asked how he got on board, director Rollo told the BBC "Abdul came in via street casting".

"He was composed, inquisitive and just dealt really well with the long days and endless takes that are part of being on set".

Watch the Stomzy and The FADER's Gang Signs & Prayer film above. The rise of grime is a ideal example of how YouTube is a place for artists to express themselves creatively and a democratic platform to access a global fanbase.


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