Stormzy

Stormzy
Release date
01 January 1970
Stormzy
01 January 1970 |

After garnering attention on the UK underground music scene via his Wicked Skengman series of freestyles over classic grime beats, Stormzy released his debut EP Dreamers Disease independently in July 2014. On 22 October 2014, Stormzy won Best Grime Act at the MOBO Awards. Later that month he became the first unsigned rapper to appear on Later… with Jools Holland performing the song “Not That Deep” from Dreamers Disease.

In November 2014, Stormzy collaborated with rapper Chip and Shalo on the track “I’m Fine”, also appearing in a video for the song.

On 7 January 2015, Stormzy came number 3 in the “BBC Introducing top 5” on Radio 1. In March 2015 he released the single “Know Me From”, which entered the UK Singles Chart at number 49. In September 2015, he released a final instalment to his “WickedSkengMan” freestyle series, “WickedSkengMan 4”, onto iTunes, along with a studio version of his “Shut Up” freestyle over XTC’s Functions on the Low instrumental. The track debuted at number 18 on the UK chart dated 24 September, becoming Stormzy’s first top 40 hit and the first ever freestyle to reach the top 40 in the United Kingdom.

On 12 December 2015, Stormzy performed “Shut Up” during British heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua’s ring-walk for his fight versus Dillian Whyte. Originally, “Shut Up”, released as part of the “WickedSkengMan 4” single EP in September 2015, charted at number 59. Since the performance, it began climbing up the iTunes chart and into the top 40. As a result, Stormzy launched a Christmas number 1 campaign to get the song to number 1. It generated a large amount of support which made it enter the top 10 of the UK Singles Chart on 18 December 2015 at number 8, a week prior to the Christmas number-1 week, succeeding the chart position of “WickedSkengMan 4”. It has become Stormzy’s highest-charting single.

In April 2016, Stormzy released the non-album song “Scary” before he went into hiatus.

After a year’s hiatus from social media, Stormzy returned in early February 2017 via a series of billboard campaigns across London displaying the hashtag #GSAP 24.02. The album title was announced to be Gang Signs & Prayer. The album was released on 24 February 2017 and debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart on 3 March 2017.

Stormzy’s headline appearance on the Pyramid Stage at the 2019 Glastonbury Festival was widely praised. The performance featured a speech by the politician David Lammy that discussed the proportion of black and minority ethnic people in the British criminal justice system and, during “Vossi Bop”, Stormzy encouraged the audience to join him in chanting “Fuck the Government and fuck Boris” – the latter a reference to former London Mayor Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party leadership campaign. The show included guest appearances by dance group Black Ballet and pop singer Chris Martin. Stormzy wore a Union Jack stab vest designed by the artist Banksy, which was widely perceived as a comment on the rise in knife crime in London.

He has reached number on the UK Singles Chart a total of two times; firstly as part of “Artists for Grenfell” on June 23, 2017 with song “Bridge Over Troubled Water, and secondly with his own solo single “Vossi Bop”, which debuted at number-one upon its entry, ahead of “Me!” by Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie by some 500 combined sales.. Stormzy has teased the release of new music by posting the hashtag Sounds of the Skeng along with the date 6 September 2019.