Stormzy Biography

Stormzy is an English rapper known for his album titled ‘Gang Signs & Prayer.’ Check out this biography to know about his birthday, childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about him.

Quick Facts

Birthday: July 26, 1993

Nationality: British

Girlfriend: Maya Jama

Famous: Rappers Black Singers

Age: 26 Years, 26 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Leo

Also Known As: Michael Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr.

Born in: Croydon

Famous as: Rapper

Height: 6'5" (196 cm), 6'5" Males

City: Croydon, England

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Stormzy, born as Michael Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr., is an English rapper. He has released one mixtape, one studio album, two extended plays and seven tracks till date. In February 2017, he released his debut album titled ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’ that peaked at # 1 on the UK Albums Chart, making it the first ever grime album to reach the position on the chart. He is also known for winning the ‘Best Grime Act’ at the 2014 and 2015 MOBO Awards. Stormzy started out as a road rapper, rapping in a way closer to hip hop than grime. He then started making videos for YouTube but it wasn’t until the rapper began posting his Wicked Skengman freestyles that he attracted much wider attention. Eventually, he became a household name and joined the music industry. Since then, Stormzy has become one of the most influential artistes to look out for. His most successful single till date is "Shut Up", a BPI platinum-selling track which was initially released on YouTube. The song was then officially released and soon it went on to reach #8 on the UK Singles Chart. Stormzy is presently in a relationship with the UK presenter Maya Jama. He calls himself "a child of grime" who is influenced by the likes of the artistes Skepta and Wiley.

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Childhood & Early Life
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  • Stormzy first garnered attention via his “Wicked Skengman” freestyles in the UK underground music scene. He then went on to release his debut Extended Play titled ‘Dreamers Disease’ in 2014. That year, he also appeared on the TV show ‘Later with Jools Holland,’ singing the track "Not That Deep."
  • Also in 2014, Stormzy got featured in a number of music videos for various artistes including Chip and Shalo’s "I'm Fine", Avelino's "No Comment", Professor Green's "Hugs & Kisses" and Wiley's "Grew Up In", to name a few.
  • In March 2015, he released a single titled "Know Me From" which peaked at #49 on the UK Singles Chart and later acquired silver status by BPI. In September 2015, the rapper came out with the final chapter of his "WickedSkengMan" freestyle series titled "WickedSkengMan 4" as well as a studio version of "Shut Up" freestyle.
  • His track "Shut Up," released from “WickedSkengMan 4,” originally charted at #59. In December 2015, he performed the song at a boxing event. After the performance, the song started ascending up on the iTunes chart. The song eventually peaked at #8.
  • Also in 2015, he featured on numerous remixes, such as Yungen's "Ain't On Nuttin'", Raleigh Ritchie's "The Greatest" and Nick Jonas' "Chains". He also collaborated with P Money, Big Narstie, and Youngs Teflon and released the non-album single "TRKRZ". The same year, Stormzy released the non-album single "Dude" along with Lethal Bizzle.
  • In April 2016, he dropped the non-album single "Scary". That year, he appeared in the remix song "Feed 'Em to the Lions" along with Fekky, Tempa T, Lethal Bizzle, Rou and Wiley. The rapper also teamed up with various artistes and released a number of singles as a featured artist, such as Chip's "Hear Dis", Tanika's "Out Here", Raye's "Ambition" and Ray BLK's "My Hood".
  • In 2017, Stormzy recorded the singles Solo 45's "5ive", Little Mix's "Power" and Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You (Remix)" as a featured artist. In July 2018, it was reported that he is partnering with the publishing company Penguin Random House to launch a new imprint called #Merky Books.
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Major Works
  • Stormzy released his first ever album titled ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’ on 24 February 2017. It debuted at #1 on the UK Albums Chart. This album includes the hit singles “Cigarettes & Cush", "Big for Your Boots", "Cold" and "Blinded by Your Grace, Pt. 2".
  • The song "Big for Your Boots" was a huge success and peaked at #6 on the UK singles chart. It later went on to be accredited platinum by BPI. His single "Blinded by Your Grace, Pt. 2" peaked at #7 on the UK singles chart and later acquired a platinum status.
Controversies & Scandals
  • In November 2017, Stormzy apologised after it became apparent that years back he had posted some messages on Twitter that were homophobic. The messages included a tweet where the rapper called a gay character on the drama ‘EastEnders’ a "fucking fag". Stormzy also condemned another twitter user by saying "are you a fag?" and even urged his fans to post the message “this black boy is a fucking fag” on social media.
Personal Life
  • Stormzy is currently in a relationship with the famous media personality Maya Jama. The couple has been together for over three years and once also publicly expressed their feelings for each other in a conversation with Vogue magazine. Stormzy even dedicated a song to his girlfriend on her 22nd birthday and frequently mentions her on social media.
  • In 2016, he endorsed Jeremy Corbyn. In an interview with ‘The Guardian,’ the rapper spoke of his admiration for the Labour Party leader’s activism.
  • In September 2017, Stormzy called the Prime Minister Theresa May a "paigon", a phrase used to refer to an untrustworthy person.

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