Michael Ebenezer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr., also known as Stormzy, is a British rapper, singer, and songwriter born on July 26, 1993. He became well-known in the U.K. underground music scene in 2014 thanks to his Wicked Skengman series of freestyles performed over vintage grime sounds.
After Stormzy started a campaign to reach Christmas number one, his single “Shut Up,” which was first made available as a freestyle on YouTube, gained popularity and peaked at number eight on the U.K. Singles Chart. Stormzy has designated an act to watch in the BBC’s Sound of 2015 list and won Best Grime Act at the 2014 and 2015 MOBO Awards.
Gang Signs & Prayer, his self-titled debut album from 2017, became the first grime record to top the U.K. Albums Chart and was named British Album of the Year at the 2018 Brit Awards. With “Vossi Bop,” Stormzy got his first U.K. number-one hit in 2019. His headlining performance at the 2019 Glastonbury Festival received high praise, and in response to the spike in knife violence in London, he wore a Union Jack stab vest created by Banksy.
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Heavy Is the Head, his second album, was released on December 13, 2019. Stormzy released the song “Mel Made Me Do It” on September 22, 2022, along with an 11-minute music video that included well-known musicians, actors, and athletes like José Mourinho and Usain Bolt.
At 27, Stormzy is 6 feet 5 inches tall (195.6 cm).
In the U.K. underground music scene, Stormzy’s freestyle “Wicked Skengman” gained his attention and launched his career. Later, in 2014, he released his first extended play, “Dreamers Disease.”
The same year, Stormzy appeared in several music videos for different artists, including Professor Green’s “Hugs & Kisses” and Chip and Shalo’s “I’m Fine.”
The track “Know Me From,” released by Stormzy the following year, peaked at number 49 on the U.K. Singles Chart. The rapper released the final chapter of his freestyle album that same year, and the song “Shut Up” peaked at number 59 on the U.K. chart.
In addition to Yungen’s “Ain’t On Nuttin,” Raleigh Ritchie’s “The Greatest,” and Nick Jonas’ “Chains,” Stormzy appeared on several remixes. In addition, he has collaborated with Youngs Teflon, P Money, and Big Narstie.
Stormzy’s album single “Scary” was released in April 2016. The same year, he also appeared with Tempa T, Fekky, Rou, and Wiley in the remix song “Feed ‘Em to the Lions.” Later, he collaborated with diverse musicians and published several pieces with them.
Stormzy has since established a reputation in the music business. He cut the singles “5ive” by Solo45, “Power” by Little Mix, and “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran (Remix).
It was revealed in July 2018 that he is collaborating with Penguin Random House to introduce a new label called #Merky Books.
Stormzy’s net worth was $25 Million as of October 2022.
Stormzy Favorite Quotes
“I grew up as a British kid – I went to school in London, roamed the streets of London – but having these interactions with my roots and going back to Ghana, I’m like, ‘Yeah, this is sick.’ I love my country, my people, and the energy and vibes they bring back. So I want to rep that and be a part of it.” – Stormzy
“On the microphone, I’m not scared to step up and say, ‘This is my ability; this is how good I am.’ In other areas of life, I’m not so confident; I’m still adjusting to photo shoots and all that stuff. But behind the mic, I’m fully confident.” – Stormzy.
“The Americans have their way of talking, their way of dressing, their way of doing things, and we have ours. That’s why this whole U.K. underground thing has become sick because everyone has finally said, ‘Yeah, yeah, Drake is sick – but hang on, we are too.” – Stormzy.
“People often link grime with other things, like street culture, clashing, MC battles, and whatnot. But no one’s ever talked about misogyny in grime. That’s often linked to hip-hop; I know people talk about that as a problem in hip-hop. But not grime.” – Stormzy
“You read a book, write a detailed review as proof you’ve read it, and they give you a badge. That’s where my competitive nature came out. Could you give me the badges? I would sit in the library all day, not ‘cos I loved reading, just because I needed those badges.” – Stormzy.