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  • Summary: The third full-length studio release for British grime artist Stormzy features contributions from such artists as Amaarae, India.Arie, Black Sherif, Jacob Collier, Debbie, Ms Banks, Nao, and Sampha.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 100
    The older he gets, the better the conversational-confessional flow of his rapping, which allows him to stroll through a 10-minute bragathon like “Mel Made Me Do It” without breaking a sweat or losing the listener’s attention. He raps about trips to Dubai and giving up weed like he’s sitting beside you at a London bus stop.
  2. 80
    There is a small sense of disappointment that we don’t get to hear Stormzy let loose on the mic more often, but then this record was never going to be a recreation of ‘Heavy Is The Head’ or ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’s proclivity for immediate grime hits. The hard-hitting lyricism is still present, though.
  3. Nov 28, 2022
    80
    While the album is certainly softer in sound, it never plays it safe - experimental pay-offs are peppered throughout.
  4. 80
    This Is What I Mean is a bold album about showing vulnerability, and continues the erstwhile rapper’s overarching mission to transcend the roles allotted to him.
  5. Dec 8, 2022
    80
    Stormzy finds balance on This Is What I Mean and delivers a record with clear intentions and messaging. While it's unlikely to please the entirety of his audience, those who find this record in the pits of depression, lost spirituality, heartbreak or falling in and out of love will undoubtedly be moved.
  6. Dec 1, 2022
    77
    If Stormzy’s last album, and the pressure to speak for a generation, weighed heavily, then This Is What I Mean feels lighter, freer.
  7. Nov 28, 2022
    50
    Far too often, Stormzy sounds crushed under the weight of his own unrelenting seriousness.

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  1. Dec 6, 2022
    0
    What is this???? Stormzy what the hell are you doing??? 0/10. No chance for this piece of trash.