When you’re at the top of the hill in the rap game you need to do two things: the first is to celebrate your success conspicuously, whilst the second is to seize the day.
Heavy Is The Head does both, Stormzy fighting back against enemies both seen and in the shadows, opener Big Michael reminding everyone that he’s now festival main stage level, an artist who, despite Grime’s full crossover into the British mainstream in the last decade, fully deserved his Glastonbury coronation.
The path to righteousness isn’t an easy one however. Targeted by the British establishment, assailed by “Ashy youts”, stalked by the media, on Crown he reveals the dark cell which fame can be, whilst Don’t Forget To Breathe is a message of support to the generation who need him now the older ones have so badly failed them.
Maybe some of this is paranoia or maybe everyone is out to bring down the king, either way Heavy Is The Head takes these slings and arrows of adversity and transforms them into the words and deeds of a star with clearly untold potential.
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