Stormzy details how he prevented Jay-Z from being on his song.
Ghanaian born but Britain based rapper, Stormzy is known in real life as, Michael Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr has detailed on why Jay-Z was avoided from his song with Ed Sheeran dubbed ‘Take Me Back to London’.
According to the Ghanaian rapper, Jay-Z is one of his inspirations in the rap game but felt he wasn’t the right one to be on his song.
In an interview with ITV’s Jonathan Ross show, Stormzy also said he later felt bad for snubbing Jay-Z on his song.
Jay-Z was in the studio as the track came together, Stormzy told Jonathan Ross in a Saturday[ 30 November] interview scheduled to be airing.
“Before that I loved Take Me Back To London because I thought it was just going to be me and Ed,” he said, “and then Ed was like, ‘Jay is getting on it.’
“It blew my mind. Jay-Z is my number one hero inspiration.
We got into the studio and we were writing for this song and then he just stops the music and he said, ‘Tell me about London, I need some inspiration.’
Stormzy said he and his manager had a “powerful, beautiful” conversation, “talking about everything from black culture, community [to] music, his journey, my journey…
“It was the greatest conversation of my life.”
‘He couldn’t believe it’
At the end he’s smiling, we were probably talking for an hour and he goes, ‘So what do you think of the song?’
“I was like, ‘I love this song but you being on the song changes everything’.
He went on
If you didn’t ask me this, I would have just written my verse and we would have done it and I would have never questioned it, but now that you’ve asked me, no.
I was like, ‘I know how it goes, Mr Z. You are the most brilliant, busy man and I will probably never get this opportunity ever again but hand on my heart, I don’t think this is the right song for us. I don’t know why I’m saying this to you but this is not the song.
Describing Jay-Z’s astonished response, Stormzy said:
He fully understood [but] he couldn’t believe that I did it.
For five weeks in September and October, the song, which appears on Sheeran’s No. 6 Collaborations Project, went on to top the UK singles chart.
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