Stormzy’s Grenfell rap moves the nation
GRIME star Stormzy has been heaped in praise following the release today of the Grenfell Tower charity single.
Bridge Over Troubled Waters features a host of big names — from Robbie Williams to Dua Lipa, Brian May and Liam Payne — but it’s Stormzy’s opening rap that has caused a real stir.
The Gang Signs & Prayer artist’s verse starts out: ‘I don’t know where to begin/So I’ll start by saying I refuse to forget you/I refuse to be silenced/I refuse to neglect you.’
Croydon-born Stormzy also movingly references how close to home last week’s tragedy felt for him, with the lyrics: ‘Cause that could have been my mum’s house/Or that could have been my nephew/It could have been me up there.’
And people are loving his sentiments.
One Twitter-user simply wrote: ‘Stormzy’s rap chokes me,’ while another agreed: ‘Stormzy’s verse at the beginning is beautiful.’
Fans of the grime star were beside themselves, with one tweeting: ‘Stormzy just continues to get my respect. EVERYTHING he does is just so amazing. Thank u.’
But even people who wouldn’t normally listen to rap were moved by his words.
As one self-aware tweeter wrote: ‘Stormzy’s music is not something I listen to, says middle aged woman shocking no one, but…’
Author: Anna Thomson