This year on BBC Radio 1Xtra, November was dedicated to celebrating the art of the MC, with all the live lounges throughout the month featuring special guest MC’s, with one standing out in particular for us.
On Trevor Nelson’s Friday morning show last week, grime star Stormzy rolled into the studio to perform a number of tracks in celebration of 1Xtra’s MC Month, with his entire performance being rather spectacular. The two of his standout songs were both mash ups, the first of which was of Krept & Konan’s Falling and Santana’s Maria Maria and the second of two of his new original singles, Shut Up and Standard.
The latter saw Stormzy flick between his already two most revered tracks, although they are yet to be released, in a seamless fashion as if it were an original track itself. Featuring a full live band consisting of a drummer, guitarist, bass guitarist and keyboard player, it brought a gleamingly soulful touch to his aggressive vocals that saw him include a nod towards his recent win of two MOBO Awards as, you guessed it, standard.
Together with his recent double win at the MOBO’s, Stormzy’s singles have been gaining him recognition as one of the best new grime artists in the UK, with these two as of yet unreleased singles set to send him further into his career as one of the most impressive British MCs around. This year his rise to fame will see him playing at a number of festivals, with slots at Annie Mac’s Lost & Found and Hideout already confirmed, with more sure to come.
Words by Josh Plews
Photos courtesy of Stormzy