One of the most unexpected moments of the album, however, can be heard in Superheroes, which samples The Tracy Beaker Show’s intro Someday, bringing a nostalgic feel. The lyrics are dedicated to “young black kings” and “young black queens”, championing the next generation, as Stormzy insists: “The world ain’t ready for your magic yet.”
Lessons provides the rapper with one last opportunity for self-analysis in a deeply personal reflection on a failed relationship after the hip-hop star split from his girlfriend of four years, Radio 1 DJ Maya Jama, earlier this year. He seems to admit to some wrongdoing on his part with the words: “If I were you, I’d be unforgiving too,” after owning up to being “such a handful”.
Although he laments the loss of the romance, Stormzy appears to have no resentment about the situation and poignantly shares a realisation about the impact his ex had on his emotional growth: “You taught me love, oh what a gift.”
Heavy Is The Head aptly concludes with infectiously catchy hit Vossi Bop, which marked the star’s first UK number one single. This epic finale not only validates Stormzy’s unparalleled ascension to the peak of pop music, but also celebrates and appreciates the inner dilemmas he has faced during his journey to his crowning achievement.