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Everything you need to know about Stormzy from his Wicked Skengman freestyles to his penchant for nicknames.
Speaking about his school days, he claims he was 'a bit of a boffin' at school. Prior to giving his speech at Oxford University, he said his teachers were backing him to go to the prestigious university.
The original video for 'Know Me From' was shot in HD and professionally edited. Stormzy scrapped it because he felt it was too polished and instead filmed the final video on a handheld. “I like having my friends in the videos, that’s more what I represent right now,” he explained in an interview, “You can see it all fall apart at the end, with the mandem just running out and having fun.”
The grime artist spoke about The Brits, sexism in grime and of course his mum.
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Big Mike, The Problem, Stiff Chocolate (!) and Wicked Skengman to name a few. “I think God puts names in my head, like, ‘Wicked Skengman’, ‘Stiff-chocolate’, I dunno where they came from,” he told Livemag, “People are like: “What are they?” I’m like: “Bruv, I dunno. I’m as confused as you.”
Stormzy started out as a road rap MC, rapping in a style closer to hip hop than grime. “When I started, everyone was a grime spitter... Everyone was just spitting grime, and then this UK rap scene came about,” he told Complex, “For a long time, though, I didn’t get the whole road rap thing. I thought it was too slow, and sounded too American. But I felt like I needed to adapt to it and I needed to jump on it because that’s what was happening."
He spits over classic grime instrumentals in his Wicked Skengman YouTube series. “I made the Wicked Skengman series. I don’t wanna sound selfish but they weren’t really for the audience; it was purely for my enjoyment," he admitted in an interview, "I loved grime, and I still wanted to do it—I was still sick on it.”
He’s been making videos on his YouTube channel since 2011 but it wasn’t until he started sharing his Wicked Skengman freestyles that he begun attracting much wider attention and plaudits.
As Stormzy demonstrated on his ‘Dreamers Disease’ EP, he can both do. He also sings a few lines on G FrSH’s single ‘Sometimes’.
Rapping in Wicked Skegman 4 "6'5" black guy, mad fly, put me up top Man down, everybody down when I buss shots"
Stormzy is a prolific Snapchatter. But don't try and send him any disses: “I’ll cus them back,” he warned when talking about his Snapchat abusers. You can add him at Stormzy1.
He suited up for the occasion.
Stormzy is rumoured to be dating UK presenter Maya Jama. The rapper dedicated a heartfelt song to Jama on her 22nd birthday called 'Birthday Girl' and often mentions her on social media.
Come on guys, it’s clearly not Stormzy. But the video does actually feature his mum.
Originally released online Stormzy released it as an official track in December 2015 after it reached 17 million views, taking on the Xfactor for the Christmas number 1. He then launched a Twitter campaign and 'Shut -Up' reached number 8 in the charts.
The Grime MC performed his single 'Not That Deep' and smashed it!
She's also featured in his videos and went with him to Oxford University to watch his Q&A.
Stormzy has reportedly been working on his debut album for the past 18 months - following up big singles such as 'Shut Up' and 'WickedSkengman 4' which both charted independently. Expect a mixture of Grime, Hip Hop and potential R&B songs.