Stormzy Was Not the First Black Person to Headline Glastonbury.
Stormzy and Emblem of Band: Skunk Anansie.
Stormzy made a triumphant appearance, on the Pyramid stage, at Glastonbury, this weekend, gone. Stormzy seemed overcome at the reaction he got from, the crowd.
The rapper is at the top of his game, but he did not seem arrogant with it. Stormzy actually said as much, as he performed the many hits he has had. His latest recording, 'Vossi Bop', is doing well in the UK charts.
Stormzy represents a genre of music called Grime, and together with artists like Skepta, has moved the music into the mainstream. Grime is a total Black British music, though some would say, what is the difference between this, and, other sorts of Rap music, like Hip Hop?
Those who perform Grime and follow it would argue, it is different from Hip Hop, but like Hip Hop, it tells the story of the black experience, growing up in poor neighbourhoods.
Without a doubt, you have to understand the culture, that Grime, evolved out of. If you have no experience of the lifestyle, that produced this music, you will not, understand it, and regard the music, as rather negative.
Knife crime is a blight on our nation as is gang culture, especially in London. Some have accused Mayor Sadiq Khan, of sleeping on the job, when it comes to London's crime statistics.
Stormzy wore a stab vest, with the Union Jack, emblazoned on it, for much of his appearance. Some have criticised the rapper for wearing such body armour, however, it could be that Stormzy was drawing attention, to the horror, of knife crime.
Stormzy wrote on Twitter after his gig, that he was the first black artist, to headline Glastonbury. However, the 90's rock band, Skunk Anansie, were quick to pull him up on this.
The band's lead singer, Skin, reminded Stormzy, that they were the first band, to headline, Glastonbury, with a black front person. Stormzy quickly realised his mistake, and, was quick to apologise to Skin, of Skunk Anansie. In his apology, he thanked Skin, for paving the way, for black artists like him. Skunk Anansie, are still together and touring, their heyday was the 90's, where they had many hits, like 'Weak'. Skin can be identified right away, with her bald head, hence her name: Skin. Her real name is Deborah Anne Dyer.
Croydon-born, Stormzy, real name Michael Omari, can seem an intimidating figure, but, actually has, a heart of gold. By faith, he is a Christian and is not ashamed to share that faith, in conversation or in his performances.
Stormzys Glastonbury set, was a combination of a DJ on the decks and a live band.
Stormzy is the first black male to headline at Glastonbury, and also, one of, the youngest performers, at 25. The other being a 24-year-old David Bowie, as Stormzy acknowledged, on Twitter.
What Does 'Vossi Bop' Mean?
Stormzy latest single, 'Vossi Bop', says "Fuck Boris", a reference to Conservative leadership hopeful, Boris Johnson. The rap also, says "Fuck the government", it's clear to see, Mr Omari, aka, Stormzy, is no friend of the Tories. It would seem,, in the past, Stormzy has been pro-Labour, and has in the past, been cosying up to, Jeremy Corbyn.
'Vossi Bop' is apparently, also, a tribute, to London, Stormzy's home city. The song also has its own dance, which if you are unsure of the moves, you can find demonstrated, on 'YouTube'.
British actor, Idris Elba, has a cameo, so it is said, in the video, to the song. Elba is not shy of rapping himself and is quite a wizard, on the decks himself.
The single, 'Vossi Bop', has been released before Stormzy's much anticipated, new album.