He accelerated into a sharp left at a busy south London intersection as a traffic light flashed to red, sending the Ghanaian prayer beads dangling from the steering console of his Lamborghini flying. On a mild December afternoon, the year-old British music sensation, who has been recording nimble and temperature-taking rap and grime for six years, was late for a talk organized by one of his nonmusical enterprises, his Penguin Random House imprint, Merky Books. The event was taking place at the school that expelled Stormzy as a teenager for a series of minor disciplinary issues, so he knew the winding route well enough to chat, smoke cigarettes and hum along to Top 40 radio while gliding across lanes and overtaking a dawdling double-decker bus. When he arrived, his black car was quickly surrounded by a sea of students in burgundy blazers. He opened the door to screams. With a crisp flow, leftist political bent and wildly catchy hooks, he is adored by figures as diverse as Jeremy Corbyn and Adele, whose birthday party he performed at in July. While grime can be powered by anti-establishment fury, its M. In the 6-foot-5 figure of Stormzy, the re-energized grime scene of the s found its poster boy and prodigal son.
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Midmorning in a leafy suburb on the outskirts of southwest London, and Stormzy is feeding Enzo. The year-old rapper bought the Rottweiler a year ago, when soaring fame made personal security a necessity that a very big dog could address while also giving a new celebrity a chance at staying grounded. In the past two years he has stacked up awards, enjoyed a No. When we meet in his home, Stormzy is initially a little distracted by Enzo, but he relaxes once the interview gets going. He seems in a philosophical mood. Stormzy grew up in Norbury in southwest London.
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In , he gained attention on the UK underground music scene through his Wicked Skengman series of freestyles over classic grime beats. Stormzy's " Shut Up ", which was initially released as a freestyle on YouTube , became popular and peaked at number eight on the UK Singles Chart after he launched a campaign to reach Christmas number one. Stormzy has said about his school years: "I was a very naughty child, on the verge of getting expelled, but I wasn't a bad child; everything I did was for my own entertainment. But when I went into an exam I did really well. After garnering attention on the UK underground music scene via his Wicked Skengman series of freestyles over classic grime beats,   Stormzy released his debut EP Dreamers Disease independently in July Later that month he became the first unsigned rapper to appear on Later