A captivating and soulful collaboration that seamlessly merges rap, R&B, and African influences, creating an irresistible blend of powerful vocals and emotive lyrics.

British rapper Stormzy has teamed up with Nigerian singer-songwriter Ayra Starr and Zimbabwean singer and producer Tendai for the soulful R&B anthem “Need You.” The song, which was released on May 9, 2023, is the lead single from Stormzy’s upcoming fourth studio album, due out later this year.

“Need You” is a smooth and sensual track about the need for love and companionship. Stormzy’s vocals are raw and emotional, while Ayra Starr and Tendai’s vocals add a touch of sweetness and sultriness. The song’s production is lush and atmospheric, with a driving beat and soulful instrumentation.

“Need You” stands as a testament to the power of collaboration, cultural exchange, and artistic synergy. Stormzy’s collaboration with Ayra Starr and Tendai brings together the best of British, Nigerian, and Zimbabwean musical talents, resulting in a captivating and harmonious track. Through their collective efforts, the artists create a sonic landscape that transcends borders and unites listeners worldwide, showcasing the transformative power of music and the beauty of cross-cultural collaborations.

Fun Fact

Stormzy, Ayra Starr, and Tendai all gained significant recognition and acclaim at a young age in their respective music careers, with Stormzy becoming the first unsigned rapper to appear on BBC Radio 1Xtra’s “Fire in the Booth” freestyle segment, Ayra Starr signing with Mavin Records at just 18 years old, and Tendai winning the Zimbabwe Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Song at the age of 16. They are all also on the same record label, #MERKY. It is a record label founded by Stormzy in 2017. The label is home to a number of talented artists, including Ayra Starr and Tendai. #MERKY is known for its commitment to social justice and its support of emerging talent.

About the Artists

Stormzy is a British rapper, singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur. He is known for his politically charged lyrics and his work on social justice issues. His debut album, Gang Signs & Prayer, was released in 2017 and was a critical and commercial success. It was the first grime album to reach number one on the UK Albums Chart. He has won numerous awards, including a Brit Award for British Male Solo Artist and a MOBO Award for Best Male Act.

Ayra Starr is a Nigerian singer and songwriter. She rose to fame in 2020 with her debut single, “Away.” Her debut EP, 19 & Dangerous, was released in 2021 and was a commercial success. She has won numerous awards, including a Headies Award for Next Rated and a Nigeria Entertainment Award for Best New Act.

Tendai is a Zimbabwean singer and producer. He is known for his Afrobeats-inspired sound. He has released two EPs, Tendai EP and Feelin’ Good, and has collaborated with artists such as Stormzy, Ayra Starr, and Davido. He has won numerous awards, including a Zimbabwe Music Award for Best Male Artist.

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