British Grime M.C. Stormzy has taken the world by, for a lack of a better word, storm. The 24-year-old artist has captivated and fascinated listeners from all musical genres since he first jumped on the scene a few years ago.
From his freestyles in the park to his epic performance at the Brit Awards, Stormzy has shown no signs of evaporating away.
In honour of his recent victories at the Brits where he won both British male and album of the year, here is a look how the 6’5” M.C. combines both music and the sport we all know and love.
If it wasn’t for an Irish newspaper in July of last year, many would have never known that Stormzy fancied himself as the “Grime Scene’s Lukaku.” However, in The Herald’s front page announcing Romelu Lukaku’s transfer to Manchester United, the paper mistakenly placed a picture of the musician on the paper instead of the Belgian striker.
If you were a fan of the grime artist well before the incident, you would have known that he once gave a shout out to his doppelganger in his song “Wicked Skengman Part 4.”
“I’m the grime scene’s Lukaku,
6’5” black guy, mad fly, put me up top,
Man down, everybody down when I buss shots,
Jump onstage, bare rage when my dub drop.”
The Herald’s mistake went down as one of the best jokes of the year, but this was not the first time Stormzy had a run in with a Manchester United player.
A year before the arrival of Lukaku, Stormzy was taking off in England and Manchester United was signing former academy prodigy Paul Pogba.
In order to hype up the fanbase even more than the signing of Pogba, United elected to use Stormzy in their announcement video.
Without a doubt this video is fantastic, and it goes to show how big of a Manchester United fan Stormzy is.
Well before he was appearing in United videos and praising the club, Stormzy was actually throwing shade at the Premier League giants. Following the Red Devil’s decision to sack David Moyes after a disappointing year in the 2013/14 season, Stormzy did not hold back in showing his displeasure. In his track “Know Me From,” Stormzy does just that, he says:
“Look I don’t rate them boys,
Bare wasteman, bare pagan boys,
I come to your team and **** **** up,
I’m David Moyes.”
Stormzy and Manchester United’s relationship runs deep, and it would be fantastic to see the two collaborate yet again in the future. Although I am far from a United fan, I have to give a round of applause to the club for making such a smart and cunning PR move.