FRANK OCEAN said it.
‘Work hard in silence, let your success be the noise.’
And British rapper Stormzy did just that.
After a noteworthy year, which included a top 10 single (which was extra special as he was unsigned and it was a freestyle), sold out US tour, too many awards to name and an abundance of fashion campaigns, he disappeared.
He disabled his accounts on social media after stating he wanted to dedicate himself to recording his debut album.
Then just a few days ago, black billboards adorned with short and mysterious white messages – including his signature hashtag, #MERKY – started popping up around London.
“‘Ain’t dropped nothing for a minute. I’m fine,” one read.
Another billboard near Stormzy’s old school in south London was dedicated to his peers: “All my young black kings rise up man, this is our year.”
Each contained the hashtag, #GSAP. And that was it.
Fans knew something special was in the pipeline, and today he put fans out of their misery by announcing his debut album, Gang Signs & Prayer, would be available for pre-order at midnight and released on February 24.
He told fans, via his re-activated Twitter account: “Gang Signs & Prayer – 24th February 2017. Pre-order available from midnight (GMT)”
The lead single Too Big For Your Boots, which heralds the album’s arrival was debuted on radio just moments ago.
“@Stormzy1 big for your boots the best track of 2017 already, ready for this album #GSAP,” one fan wrote on Twitter.