7 Songs, 26 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Wiley may have anointed him “the #1 grime don in this new era” but Michael Omari is too versatile to constrain himself to one strand of UK hip-hop. Dreamers Disease sets his stately rhymes to gauzy R&B (“Forever”), tense grime (“Not That Deep”) and melodic Afrobeat (“Jupa”). Whatever the sonic setting, Stormzy remains the centerpiece and his complex rhyming style is underpinned by an ability to accelerate through the bars with the grace and precision of a supercar.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Wiley may have anointed him “the #1 grime don in this new era” but Michael Omari is too versatile to constrain himself to one strand of UK hip-hop. Dreamers Disease sets his stately rhymes to gauzy R&B (“Forever”), tense grime (“Not That Deep”) and melodic Afrobeat (“Jupa”). Whatever the sonic setting, Stormzy remains the centerpiece and his complex rhyming style is underpinned by an ability to accelerate through the bars with the grace and precision of a supercar.

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About Stormzy

A London-based grime MC of Ghanaian heritage, Stormzy launched his career clashing at youth clubs around his hometown. His performances evolved from grime-only music that showed a love of artists like Skepta to more rap-oriented material that reflected Stormzy's growing appreciation for artists like Drake. Late in 2013 he began uploading his "Wicked Skengman" series of freestyles over classic grime beats; in 2014, he made his official debut with the EP Dreamers Disease. A year later he released the single "Know Me From" along with "WickedSkengMan 4," the first track in his "WickedSkengMan" freestyle series and a Top 20 hit in the U.K. That December, Stormzy performed the single's B-side, "Shut Up," at a match between heavyweight boxers Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte. The song jumped into the Top 40 following the broadcast, and the rapper launched a campaign to have the song top the charts during Christmas. This boosted the track to the number eight position, and the number one position on the R&B singles chart. Before returning to the studio to record his debut LP, he released non-album single "Scary" in the spring of 2016. Stormzy returned in 2017 with Gang Signs & Prayer (#Merky Records), which featured the single "Big for Your Boots" and appearances by Kehlani, MNEK, and Ghetts. ~ David Jeffries

  • ORIGIN
    Thornton Heath, London, England
  • GENRE
    Hip-Hop/Rap
  • BORN
    26 July 1993

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