Stormzy, born Michael Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo, Jr., blew up in 2015 with his song "Shut Up." It was initially released as a freestyle on YouTube in a series called Wicked Skengman which featured Stormzy freestyling over classic grime beats. He then created a studio version that became his first top 40 hit and the first freestyle to ever reach the top 40 in the United Kingdom.
Where is Stormzy From?
Stormzy is of Ghanaian descent but was born in London. He attended school in South Norwood at Harris Academy, which was also home to Swift from the rap group Section Boyz. Together, the two form part of the school's alumni who contribute a total of three MOBO awards – two for Stormzy (2014's and 2015's Best Grime Act) and one for Swift as part of Section Boyz (2015's Best Newcomer.)
Stormzy's Film Gang Signs & Prayer
With a career of EPs, series and non-albums, Stormzy took a hiatus from social media in 2016. The silence ended in February 2017 with the his debut album, Gang Signs & Prayer. The release was bolstered with billboards featuring the hashtag #GSAP and shortly after, made it to number one on the UK Albums Chart. In September 2017, Stormzy reimagined the album in a 15-minute film published on YouTube.
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"4PM in London"
Stormzy's first new song since the release of Gang Signs & Prayers arrived October 1st 2017 and is a play on Drake's “4PM in Calabasas.” In it, you can hear the rapper throw down raps about his life, including where he is from, rapping "Ghanaian King you can see it in my melanin."
To end off, he raps "They told me back in summer I should drop a summer tune / But I've been working fucking hard, the second album's coming soon."
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