"Superheroes" is a love letter to the black youth of Britain.
Even though more time we don't fly straight
But trust me, bro, I promise we gon' die great
Our burdens are heavy but we ain't lightweights
Our parents were legends, they had to migrate
Stormzy is sending a message of encouragement to the emerging black British generation who may be struggling but are heroes in their own lives. When the Grime MC premiered the song's music video in schools across the UK, he said:
"We're all superheroes. As much as we come from where we come from, we might be disadvantaged, we might have so many obstacles in front of us, you are a superhero in your own right, and don't ever forget that. Those little skills that we have, those big skills that we have, those talents, those things that often go ignored, that makes you a superhero."
Stormzy gives several examples of "Young black queens" throughout the track, including tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams and author Malorie Blackman.
Serena or Venus, the way I serve it
I'm Malorie Blackman the way I sell books
Stormzy has described Malorie Blackman's Noughts and Crosses series as his "favorite books of all time." The rapper appeared in the BBC TV adaptation of the novel as Kolawe.
Stormzy recites lyrics from Keisha White's "Someday" in the final 30 seconds of the song. White's track is best known as the theme song for the popular children's TV show The Story Of Tracy Beaker, which aired on CBBC between 2002 and 2005.
Directed by British filmmaker Taz Tron Delix, the animated video includes references to fellow rappers Little Simz and Dave, Manchester United and England footballer Marcus Rashford, and the Black Lives Matter movement.