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  • Summary: The debut full-length studio release for the British grime artist features guest appearances from Ghetts, J HUS, Kehlani, MNEK, Raleigh Ritchie and Wretch 32.
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Shut Up
Right State your name, cuz Stormzy, init What we doing today? Repping, init Yeah, fucking repping, init Yeah, fire in the park, let's go! [Hook] Man... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Mar 9, 2017
    100
    If Skepta’s ‘Konnichiwa’ was grime’s breakthrough, Gang Signs & Prayer is its blockbuster--an all-encompassing ride through human experience that’ll stand tall for decades.
  2. Feb 27, 2017
    90
    It may be too early for most to declare it a classic, but only a few hours after its launch, it seems fair to describe Gang Signs & Prayer as a towering triumph.
  3. Feb 27, 2017
    80
    Outrage is very much grime’s default mode, but Stormzy is particularly good at it.
  4. Mar 1, 2017
    80
    [An] explosive and emotional debut.
  5. Nov 29, 2017
    80
    On paper it sounds all over the place, but it somehow works. There is method to this madness and Gang Signs & Prayer owes much to how serious Stormzy considers the album format in 2017. Grime LPs are few and far between.
  6. Feb 28, 2017
    76
    It doesn’t always work—it’s hard to ignore the shortcomings of his singing voice, and the otherwise relatable lyrics on “Cigarettes & Cush” are mired by a trite composition. But from the themes to the production choices to the sequencing, it’s a remarkably well thought out debut from the ascendant 23-year-old MC.
  7. 60
    The usual bouts of brusque dissing rub shoulders with love songs, fond tributes to his mom, and a fulsome, swaying devotional hymn “Blinded By Your Grace Pt. 2”. But it’s the engaging sense of vulnerability and self-deprecation that brings depth and charm to Gang Signs & Prayer.

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  1. Jun 13, 2017
    4
    I cannot say that I am the world's biggest fan of grime, so this album I already knew was not my cup of tea. There are good songs such as BigI cannot say that I am the world's biggest fan of grime, so this album I already knew was not my cup of tea. There are good songs such as Big For Your Boots, but then there are awful tracks i.e. Shut Up. Expand

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