Stormzy delivered a ferocious and politically charged freestyle at the Brit Awards in London's O2 Arena last night (21st February), targeting Prime Minister Theresa May for her and the UK government’s response to Grenfell Tower tragedy.
Standing under a spotlight with rain pouring down on him, the grime star performed ‘Blinded By Your Grace’ and ‘Big For Your Boots’ from his incredible 2017 LP ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’ before launching into his blistering freestyle...
“Theresa May, where’s the money for Grenfell? / What, you thought we just forgot about Grenfell? / You’re 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.”
He went on to spit lines targeting the UK’s right-wing media (“someone tell the Daily Mail to suck my…”) and the hypocrisy of the government (“MPs sniff coke/ we just smoke a bit of cannabis/ they’ll get me for this so be woke”).
It was a monumental night for the south London MC who also took away the awards for British Male Solo Artist and Best British Album. During his acceptance speeches he thanked God and his mum and said, “I’ve never worked on something like this in my life. I’ve never given my entire being, my entire emotion...everything I put in that album. I didn’t have anything left after.”
As of this afternoon (22nd February), 'Gang Signs & Prayer' has gone platinum.
As reported by Sky News, despite not being understood to have seen Stormzy's performance, a spokesperson for the prime minister said, ""[Theresa May is] determined that the public inquiry will discover not just what went wrong but why the voices of the people of Grenfell were ignored over so many years."
You can watch Stormzy's freestyle below.
— victoria sanusi (@victoriasanusi) February 21, 2018
It was a sad week in other parts of the UK's grime community as tributes were paid following the passing of legendary drum & bass and grime MC Stormin.
Check out our top grime tracks of the month from our February UK issue here.