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.




Like it or not, Major League Soccer has made huge strides both on and off the pitch in terms of the sport’s prowess in the United States.

On the field, the league has shifted away from an old-man policy and began resorting to a younger Designated Player approach. No longer do we see the David Beckhams and the Andrea Pirlos of the world joining the league, instead, we see a plethora of young talented South Americans making lasting impressions.

Off the field, we see the league showing off its culture and progressiveness. From its respect for the LGBTQ community to its passion for race and gender equality, the league appears to be climbing the moral high ground. (For now, let’s ignore other headlining factors that demote the league, i.e. Tyler Deric, Cyle Larin, and baseball pitches).

One aspect that the league has shown enormous growth in is music culture. Just announced last week, the Houston Dynamo is set to have American rapper Wale perform at their season’s home opener. In addition, U.S. Soccer’s National Hall of Fame has also announced that the infamous rock band Imagine Dragons will perform during their induction weekend.

Not before this year did we see so many talented and famous musicians taking interest in the league, but there is one good source for where and when being a musician and supporting the MLS became cool: the unveiling of one of MLS’ newest franchises, Atlanta United FC.

The day Atlanta United FC was revealed to the world, Atlanta’s biggest and brightest stars put on the team’s jerseys, two of which were Ludacris and 2 Chainz.

Not only did some of the country’s most beloved southern hip-hop artists sign on to support their hometown club, an immense amount of their fans joined along with them.

As a Dallas native and a current St. Louis resident, I had no desire to root for a team miles away from me but I would be lying if I did not say I envied Atlanta’s approach. In a way, the club’s ambition and desire to embrace pop media culture made me fall in love with it.

I’ve only been to Atlanta once in my life but after seeing how this club and these rappers made soccer somewhat cool in American was awesome.

And I think Atlanta United and MLS understand that.

When revealing their newest kit for the season, Atlanta United once again called upon the services of 2 Chainz to help their campaign. In their video, you can see the don dawn the club’s new jersey.

As for MLS, they called upon 2 Chainz to help narrate their ‘MLS is Back’ campaign.

All in all, the idea of music and MLS never placed itself in my head but now with the arrival of these entertaining artists, I can’t keep the two apart.


Whether it is fashion, video games, or the actual game itself, football surrounds us daily. It is a part of our culture, our livelihood and we it for love that. But, there is one amazing way that the sport is able to infuse itself into to us. It is not by seeing, but by hearing.

Everyone can name their favourite songs from FIFA, their most beloved match day chant, or one of Shakira’s typical World Cup anthems. On the front, these songs speak the game but very few of them actually mention the sport in their lyrics.

In this series, we here at The Culture Division will highlight those lyrics that mention the beloved game.

Up first is East Ham, London native Grime artist Kano with his song titled, “T-Shirt Weather In the Manor.”

The lyric in question is uttered in verse one, he states:

 “Forward some summers, I’m racing the latest Merc out, it worked out, ‘Cept Everton’s not top, but we don’t talk about it”

In a heartfelt song that discusses family and friendship, Kano whips out a lyric poking fun at English Premier League side Everton.

It has been a rough decade for the Toffees as they have been lowly regarded as the second-best team in Liverpool – obviously behind the Reds. Everton has yet to make a Champions League appearance since their 2005-06 campaign that featured the likes of Mikel Arteta, Phil Neville, and Tim Cahill.

Kano has claimed in the past that he is a West Ham fan and that he is never been shy for a bit of friendly banter, especially with his family.

*All photos were taken by Jamie Drew*