F*** the government and f*** Boris’ – Stormzy’s frank and honest words to the British government in his latest single is nothing short of what we expected from the grime star.
After a two-year hiatus, the self-proclaimed ‘stiff chocolate’ is back with another smash hit.
I mean, Stormzy, were we really only going to be singing ‘big for your boots’ at Glastonbury? I thought not.
Vossi Bop is the type of song I will be screaming in the car with the roof down, with my friends laughing, and the sun shining.
Aside from this song being an absolute tune, the song identifies some pressing issues that have been weighing on my mind. Stormzy has a habit of calling out the government for their incompetence.
At the 2018 Brit awards, after winning two of the biggest accolades of the night, the 25-year-old scrutinized Theresa May in an unforgettable emotive performance. He rapped, ‘Theresa May, where’s the money for Grenfell? What you think we just forgot about Grenfell?’ which lead to a swift response from the prime minister.
That performance will undoubtedly go down in history. I hadn’t seen anything like that before, a black man so high up in the industry calling out the government on a massive stage.
It needed to happen and I felt liberated because someone was finally asking the right questions.
The blonde wigs in the Vossi Bop music video, imitating Tory MP Boris Johnson, was the best thing to come out of Stormzy’s comeback.
Johnson has projected himself as a national political pundit rather than an actual politician. Calling the Burka a ‘letterbox’ and comparing Muslim women to ‘bank robbers’ is just a fraction of how disrespectful, unreliable and unsuitable he is.
In addition, the government is an absolute mess and utter mayhem. Brexit has been up in the air for over a year and we still do not know what the outcome will be.
Unfortunately, Boris has yet to reply (or anyone from the government in fact), but I am sure he and they have heard it. And that’s the impact.
It’s a juxtaposition. You wouldn’t expect a black boy from the ‘ends’ to speak about political issues. Society has created such a stereotype that black boys are ‘trouble’ so when people like Stormzy speak out.
It speaks volumes. I think Stormzy is a role model because he is speaking out for something he strongly believes in.
This will allow the future generation to think that it’s ‘cool’ to be politically aware and that no matter who you are or whatever platform you have and wherever you come from, you deserve to be respected and that you should speak up for what’s right. This has left an impact on the genre as a whole, fellow British rapper Ghetts sampled a speech from former police officer Peter Kirkham on his single Next Of Kin which called out the government on institutional racism and its incompetence.
Vossi Bop has racked up over four million streams and over six million views for the video, and soared to that number one spot – sorry not sorry, Taylor Swift!
What is so particular about Stormzy is that he doesn’t just drop music for fun. He releases music with a purpose. The purpose is to speak up for what he believes in and what he feels is right. The political satire, the ode to his friends (Flipz) and his girlfriend (BBC Radio One DJ Maya Jama), the I-am-back-and-you-can’t-tell-me-nothing vibe – Vossi Bop will be on repeat for a while.
It’s also his first release on his Hashtag Merky Records label, in partnership with Atlantic Records. In June, Stormzy will become the first-ever British MC to headline Glastonbury. If that isn’t black excellence, then I don’t know what is. P.S it’s dab not die – you’re welcome. Welcome back Stormzy.
The political satire, the ode to his friends (Flipz) and his girlfriend (BBC Radio One DJ Maya Jama), the I-am-back-and-you-can’t-tell-me-nothing vibe – Vossi Bop will be on repeat for a while. It’s also his first release on his Hashtag Merky Records label, in partnership with Atlantic Records.
In June, Stormzy will become the first-ever British MC to headline Glastonbury. If that isn’t black excellence, then I don’t know what is. P.S it’s dab not die – you’re welcome. Welcome back Stormzy.