Michael Ebenezer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr. (born 26 July 1993), known professionally as Stormzy, is a British rapper. In 2014, he gained attention on the UK underground music scene through his Wicked Skengman series of freestyles over classic grime beats.[4][5]

Stormzy performing in 2019
Background information
Birth nameMichael Ebenezer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr.
Also known asWicked Skengman
The Problem
Stiff Chocolate[1]
Born (1993-07-26) 26 July 1993 (age 28)
Croydon, London, England
OriginNorbury, London, England[2]
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2010–present
Associated acts

Stormzy's song "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.[6] Stormzy 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 Sound of 2015 list.[7][4] His debut album, Gang Signs & Prayer (2017), was the first grime album to reach number one on the UK Albums Chart and won British Album of the Year at the 2018 Brit Awards.[8] In 2019, Stormzy achieved his first UK number-one single with "Vossi Bop" and his headline appearance at the 2019 Glastonbury Festival was widely praised; he wore a Union Jack stab vest designed by Banksy, in light of the rise in knife crime in London.[9] His second album, Heavy Is the Head, was released on 13 December 2019.[10]

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