The project hit streaming services Friday, nearly three years after he dropped his debut album, Gang Signs & Prayer. This 16-track effort includes the previously released cuts "Vossi Bop," "Wiley Flow," "Own It," "Audacity," and "Crown," in which he alludes to the album's title: "I tried to be grateful and count all my blessings/But heavy is the head that wears the crown."
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Stormzy touched on the differences between Heavy Is the Head and his critically acclaimed debut.
"This time around it was me on a really reflective, deeper, mental one. With GS&P, that was always going to be a South London story. It was 23 years of my life. Up until that moment, that was my whole story," he said. "Whereas Heavy Is the Head was me going to the studio and asking, who am I, what do I have to say, what do I need to say? It’s all these truths, it’s all these stories about who I am today, bearing the brunt of being Stormzy. Yes, I feel like the best MC in the fucking world, but I also feel like I can’t take all of this."
Heavy Is the Head can be streamed on Apple Music and via Spotify below. The project includes appearances by Ed Sheeran, H.E.R., Headie One, and Burna Boy.