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Michael Omari (born 26 July 1993), better known by his stage name Stormzy, is an English grime and hip hop artist. He won Best Grime Act at the 2014 and 2015 MOBO Awards and was named as an artist to look out for in the BBC's influential Sound of 2015 list. His most successful song to date is the BPI gold-selling "Shut Up", initially released as a freestyle to YouTube and later reaching number eight on the UK Singles Chart after a campaign for it to reach Christmas number one.



Early life

Stormzy originates from Thornton Heath, London, and attended Harris Academy South Norwood. He began rapping at the age of 11 and would clash with older rappers at his local youth club. In school, he was excluded several times in Year 8 and was expelled in sixth form. Before focusing on his music full-time, he studied for an apprenticeship in Leamington Spa and worked in quality assurance for two years at an oil refinery in Southampton.


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 2014. On 22 October, Stormzy won Best Grime Act at the MOBO awards. Later that month he became the first unsigned rapper to seem on Later with Jools Holland performing the song "Not That Deep" from Dreamers Disease.

In November 2014, Stormzy collaborated with rapper Chip and Shalo on the track "I'm Fine", additionally appearing in a video for the song. The track is part of Chip's upcoming Believe & Achieve project.

On 7 January 2015, Stormzy came number 3 in the BBC Introducing top 5 on Radio 1. In March 2015 he released the single "Know Me From", which entered the UK Singles Chart at number 49. In September 2015, he released a final instalment to his "WickedSkengMan" freestyle series, "WickedSkengMan 4", onto iTunes, along with a studio version of his "Shut Up" freestyle over XTC's Functions On The Low instrumental. The track debuted at number 18 on the UK chart dated 24 September, fitting Stormzy's first top 40 hit and the first ever freestyle to reach the top 40 in the United Kingdom.

On 12 December 2015, Stormzy performed "Shut Up" throughout British heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua's ring-walk for his fight versus Dillian Whyte. Originally, "Shut Up", released as part of the "WickedSkengMan 4" single EP in September 2015, charted at number 59. Since the performance, it began climbing up the iTunes chart and into the top 40. As a result, Stormzy launched a Christmas number 1 campaign to get the song to number 1. It generated a large amount of support which made it enter the top 10 of the UK Singles Chart on 18 December 2015 at number 8, a week prior to the Christmas number 1 week, succeeding the chart position of "WickedSkengMan 4". It has become Stormzy's highest-charting single. In Apr 25, 2016 Stormzy dropped "Scary" freestyle which is additionally the first track of his new album. He has announced on his backstage interview with Tim Westwood that the new album will come out in around summer.


Stormzy describes himself as "a child of grime" influenced by the likes of Wiley and Skepta, but additionally cites R&B singers such as Frank Ocean and Lauryn Hill as influences on his sound. [1]


Controversy with NME

On March 16th, 2017, the British magazine, NME, published a story centered around Stormzy's battle with depression. The

Stormzy's response to being on the front cover of the magazine.

magazine, besides publishing a story about the rapper, also used one of his photos on the front cover of their magazine for their edition without his permission, provoking Stormzy to raise a storm of opposition to the magazine. Many of the quotes were taken from other interviews where he felt comfortable enough to open up about his issue with depression. [14]

Stormzy offered his opinion about what NME had done, and expressed his opposition to being on the front cover in a series of tweets to the magazine's Twitter handle. [10][13]



Awards and nominations

2014MOBO AwardsBest Grime ActStormzyWon 
2015MOBO AwardsBest Grime ActStormzyWon 
Rated AwardsBest Video"Know Me From"Won 
Sound of...Sound of 2015StormzyThird 
2016Rated AwardsArtist of the YearStormzyLost 
South Bank AwardsThe Times Breakthrough AwardStormzyWon 
AIM Independent Music AwardsInnovator AwardStormzyWon 



168: The Mixtape
  • Released: 20 March 2013
  • Formats: Free digital download


Dreamers Disease
  • Released: 20 July 2014
  • Formats: Digital download


As lead artist

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
"Not That Deep"2014Dreamers Disease
"Know Me From"2015497231Non-album singles
"WickedSkengMan 4"18228
"—" denotes a recording that didn't chart or wasn't released in that territory.
YearTitlePeak chart positionsAlbum
2014"I'm Fine"
(Chip featuring Stormzy and Shalo)
Believe & Achieve EPisode 1
(The HeavyTrackerz featuring P Money, Newham Generals, Stormzy, Big Narstie, Flirta D, Youngs Teflon and Desperado)
Non-album singles
(with Lethal Bizzle)
2016"Hear Dis"
(Chip featuring Stormzy)
19926Rap vs. Grime
"Out Here"
(Tanika featuring Stormzy)
Out Here EP
(Raye featuring Stormzy)
"Aldrig Igen (må sådär)"
(Cherrie featuring Stormzy)
"My Hood"
(Ray BLK featuring Stormzy)
Non-album single
(Solo 45 featuring Stormzy)
"—" denotes a recording that didn't chart or wasn't released in that territory.

Other charted songs

TitleYearPeak chart positionsCertificationsAlbum
"Shut Up"201581397WickedSkengMan 4 - Single

Other appearances

2010"All Starz"
(Bully featuring Stormzy, Wholagun and Don D)
Bully Or Be Bullied
2012"8 Ways"
(G Child featuring Bar4Bar, Stormzy and Vex)
Curriculum Vitae
2013"Old Enough"
(Dem Two featuring Stormzy and Cadet)
This Is UK Rap Vol. 2
2014"No Comment"
(Avelino featuring Bonkaz and Stormzy)
Iconic Ambition
"Hugs & Kisses"
(Professor Green featuring Fekky and Stormzy)
Growing Up in Public
"Big Man" / "All You Gotta Do"
(Yungen featuring Stormzy)
Project Black & Red
"Top of the World"
(Paigey Cakey featuring Stormzy)
The Right Paige
"Don't Like It"
(Angel featuring Stormzy)
Possession with Intent
"Grew Up In"
(Wiley featuring Stormzy and Solo 45)
Snakes & Ladders
"Keep On"
(Charlie Sloth featuring Potter Payper, Stormzy and Tone)
Charlie Sloth presents Hood Heat Vol. 1
"Look Like"
(Charlie Sloth featuring JMC, Jadakiss and Stormzy)
"Living Life"
(Timbo featuring Stormzy)
Summer Time Passion 3
(Harvey and Ashley Walters featuring Stormzy)
Non-album single
2015"Warning Light"
(Nick Brewer featuring Stormzy)
Warning Light
"Badder Than a Mother"
(IV Rox featuring Stormzy)
"No Title"
(TE dness featuring Big 6ix and Stormzy)
April Showers 2
"This Time Round"
(TE dness featuring Stormzy)
"Picture Me Rollin'"
(Squeeks featuring Stormzy and Propaine)
The White House
"Ghetto Superstars"
(DJ Big Ryde featuring Stormzy and Kyze)
Just a Reminder
"Out In the Jungle"
(Squeeks, Sneakbo, Dubz, Stormzy and Mr Bigz)
AR15: Concrete Jungle
"Gangsters with Dreams"
(Young Spray, Snap Capone, Corleone, C Biz, Kyze, Youngs Teflon, Stana, Avelino, Dubz, Stormzy, J Avalanche, Big 6ix, Beanz, Young Tribez and Skeng)
"Dead Body Part 2"
(Little Simz featuring Stormzy and Kano)
Non-album single
"Been the Man"
(Tinie Tempah featuring Jme, Stormzy and Ms Banks)
Junk Food
2016"And Dat"
(Bonkaz featuring Stormzy)
Mixtape of the Year
"Keep It Simple"
(Raleigh Ritchie featuring Stormzy)
You're a Man Now, Boy
"Lex Luther"
(Mez and DaVinChe featuring Stormzy)
The M1 EP
"The Blow Back"
(Giggs featuring Stormzy and Dubz)
"Keepin' It Real"
(P Money featuring Stormzy)
Live and Direct


2014"Move with You"
(Remix featuring Stormzy and Wretch 32)
Jacob Banks
(Remix featuring Stormzy, Squeeks and Youngs Teflon)
2015"Ain't On Nuttin'"
(Remix Part 2 featuring Sneakbo, Stormzy, Bashy, Angel, Benny Banks, Ghetts and Cashtastic)
(Remix featuring Stormzy and Tinie Tempah)
"The Greatest"
(Star.One Remix featuring Tempa T, Stormzy and Ghetts)
Raleigh Ritchie
(Remix featuring Stormzy)
Nick Jonas
2016"Feed 'Em to the Lions"
(Remix featuring Fekky, Stormzy, Tempa T, Wiley, Lethal Bizzle and Rou)
Solo 45
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