Prepare for Skepta’s incoming new album, ‘Ignorance Is Bliss’

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Skepta announced his new album, Ignorance Is Bliss, will drop May 31. His previous long play, Konnichiwa, was released in 2016 and won the Mercury Prize, awarded for the best album released in the UK from a British or Irish artist. In 2017, he released an EP called Vicious, which featured Lil B, Smoke Boys, A$AP Rocky, and A$AP Nast.

The grime luminary has kept details about the project on the hush, releasing the album artwork which features an image of him holding his recently born daughter. Perhaps we’ll have a glimpse of his newfound fatherhood mixed in with his normally harsh lyrical hammering. Details that are known include the album art photographed by Manu S. Pillai and there are 13 tracks set to grace all streaming services near you.

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Stormzy to become the first UK rapper to headline Glastonbury in 2019

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Grime’s favorite son Stormzy will make Glastonbury history in 2019, when he becomes the first UK rapper to headline the legendary festival. The news that Stormzy would bedeck the Glastonbury lineup as the event’s leading headliner preceded an official announcement from Glastonbury organizers, as Glastonbury Free Press posters surfaced in several Oxfam shops, emblazoned with the sentence “Stormzy Friday! First Glastonbury Headliner Revealed.” The festival confirmed the “Scary” rhymer as 2019’s first headliner later that same day.

Stormzy is notable for his previous appearance at Glastonbury 2017, where he performed at the Other Stage. The booking follows Stormzy’s release of his debut album, Gang Signs & Prayer in 2017, a production that won him a Brit Award for “British Album of the Year” at the 2018 awards ceremony. The 2019 headliner comes after festival organizer’s announcement of Glastonbury: 50, a commemorative festival book that will encapsulate exclusive photographs and narrative inclusions to cohesively reflect on the event’s progression over the past 50 years.

H/T: DJ Mag

Stormzy introduces new publishing house, #Merky Books

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In recent years, Stormzy has gone from underground UK grime rapper to being one of the leading figureheads in the emerging rap sub-genre, and the poster boy for grime’s growing international appeal. Now, the London-native emcee can add publisher to his rap sheet, with the launch of his newly announced partnership with Penguin Random House to expand into the world of book publishing with his new imprint, #Merky Books.

Stormzy took to social media to announce the news to fans. The “Scary” rhymer is looking to give opportunities and inspiration to young writers and help create the next generation of authors of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. #Merky Books will be hosting an open writing submission competition and a paid internship program in 2019, hoping to get young people into the world of book writing and publishing. The first release from #Merky Books is by Stormzy himself, titled Rise Up: The #Merky Story So Far. More than just another extension of his #Merky brand, Stormzy’s dive into literature highlights his multidimensional capabilities as a creator as well as his desire to help groom an up and coming generation of fellow creatives.

Super proud to announce our new venture #Merky Books, a publishing imprint in collaboration with Penguin Random House @penguinukbooks We will be using this as a platform for young writers to become published authors, I know too many talented writers that don’t always have an outlet or a means to get their work seen and hopefully #Merky Books can now be a reference point for them to say “I can be an author” and for that to be a realistic and achievable goal. Reading and writing as a kid was integral to where I am today and I from the bottom of my heart can not wait to hear your stories, your poems, your novels, your sci-fis and then getting them out into the big wide world. Proper proud of this! We’ll be doing school competitions, taking entries and submissions and looking for writers as well but I’ll keep you posted! #Merky Books will also be offering a paid internship in 2019! The first book to be released under the imprint will be “Rise Up: The #Merky Journey So Far” out November 1st and available for pre order now (The link is in my bio!) 🙏🏿❤

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