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Stormzy is one of the UK’s most loved rappers and is undoubtedly the soundtrack to most Gen Zers’ teenage years with his infamous song “Shut Up”, which was released in 2015.
Stormzy’s unique approach to music, as seen through his Wicked Skengman series of freestyle raps over grime beats on YouTube, gained him instant attention in 2014, launching him into the spotlight.
Since his initial success, Stormzy has been the first Black British artist to headline Glastonbury Festival in 2019, and used this opportunity to speak out about the injustice within the UK’s criminal justice system.
Stormzy also stole the hearts of the UK with his showstopping performance of “Blinded By Your Grace” , during which he wore a Union Jack stab proof vest designed by Banksy to expose inequality in the arts.
Stormzy set Glastonbury Festival alight back in 2019, but what is his net worth now?
As of 2022, Stormzy’s estimated net worth is $25 million (£20.5 million), according to WealthyGorilla.
Michael Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr, now known as the infamous Stormzy by stage name, was born in 1993 in Croydon, London. Stormzy started rapping at age 11 in his local youth club, where he was said to clash with older rappers.
The artist’s first taste of the music industry came in 2014 with his self released debut album, Dreamers Disease.
Performing “Not That Deep,” a track from Dreamers Disease, Stormzy became the first unsigned rapper to appear on Later…With Jools Holland in 2014.
Stormzy’s success later manifested in him being the first Black British artist to headline Glastonbury Festival in 2019. In the same year, Stormzy achieved his first UK number-one single with the now club classic, “Vossi Bop”.
In an interview with the BBC, Stormzy called himself a “child of grime” and differentiated himself from other well-loved rappers of today, including Kanye West and Jay-Z, stating that “What I’m doing is British. It stems from the same culture as US hip-hop, but the way we dress, the way we speak, the way we perform is so different. It’s UK street culture.”
Stormzy is renowned for much more than just his unique approach to music.
In 2019, Stormzy made political waves in an interview with Italian publication, La Republicca, in which he claimed that there is a lot of racism in Britain which has worsened since Boris Johnson became prime minister.
Stormzy was also met with backlash by none other than Michael Gove after using his performance at Glastonbury in 2019 to make a political statement. Gove mocked Stormzy on Twitter by using the rapper’s dialect in a tweet, sparking controversy over social class and racial prejudice.
Stormzy has since continued to be open about his political views, and was reportedly spotted attending the Black Lives Matter protests in London in June 2020.
Stormzy currently lives in Kingston upon Thames, London.
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