Stormzy, who describes himself as a "child of grime" has been grabbing the attention of many with his unique twist on the realm of freestyling and rap. The artist, with influences such as Skepta and Wiley, has been opening up interests in the new trendsetting genre of grime.
Grime is a genre of electronic dance music that emerged in London in the early 2000s and draws influences from hip-hop, ragga and dancehall. The song 'Audacity', featuring Headie One, banks on simple dry drum loops and minimalistic additions of instruments that rely on the lyrics as their highlight, partnered with the lyrics in a seesaw fashion that bounces and interrupts.
Playing out like a cheeky dialogue over a varied loop of urban drums and low solemn bell-tolls, it is easy to note the artist pointing out that the lyrics sit at the forefront of the genre.
Although Stormzy has made many religious references with songs like 'Crown' and the two-parter 'Blinded by Your Grace', 'Audacity' returns attentions to the fact that rap and its multiple faces in the industry, is an arena. Artists being challenged and confronted, sometimes hostile, on their abilities and talents, is becoming more of a trend than before now and the implementation of religious principles and themes into such warfare is admirable when successful.
Lyrics like "Mainstream boy starts lettin' off lie. We can never, ever, ever level in price. Take that fee, and then treble it twice, yeah", is such an example, the artist hurls multiple spears at his challengers.
The music video features a rogue-like element with masked gang members, speeding bikes and Stormzy grime-rapping atop a moving truck. Completely shot in the night, the song feels threatening, cocky and confident.
Stormzy delivers in pages and reveals a more poetic charm to his informal street-slang-style lyrics with the song and we look forward to hearing more from the artist in the future.