The King of Croydon became a concern far outside the grime crowd and hipster media when he at the Brit Awards last year a delivered a merciless tirade about the Grenfell tragedy and the lack of responsibility from authorities and politicians. ”You criminals – and you got the cheek to call us savages/You should do some jail time, you should pay some damages/We should burn your house down and see if you can manage this”. Suddenly the artist we know as Stormzy, the same guy that not long ago thought the whole world existed between the start and end stop for bus line 109 that runs through south London, was discussed in the British parliament. There are those who believe that his verbal attack actually did indeed influence Prime Minister Theresa May to appoint an investigation of the fire.
Today he is a superstar. No one would want to miss his gig at Way Out West. His real name is Michael Omari but on the streets in his neighbourhood he’s sometimes called Wicked Skengman, sometimes Big Mike or The Problem, to name just a few from the long line of nicknames. He’s deeply religious, a poker champ and soul freak. As a rapper, though, he’s none other than Stormzy, who at the aforementioned Brit Awards 2018 won both the Best male artist category and the one for Best British album (with his debut Gang Signs & Prayer). Stormzy has got the voice, the charisma, the opinion-forming belief and the ability to bring people with him. You know, all those qualities we associate with superstars.