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Stormzy’s music video highlights Black British excellence

By Leah Kellman Oct 12, 2022
Stormzy in a black shirt at a premierePhoto by James Veysey/Shutterstock

Three years since he last released a solo track, Stormzy’s latest music 11 minute video Mel made me do it features cameos from Jose Mourinho and Usain Bolt as well as Black British icons such as Trevor Nelson, Jazzie B, Gabrielle, Ian Wright and Malorie Blackman.

It also features ZeZe Mills, Dina Asher Smith, Nella Rose, Dave, Little Simz, Headie One and Julie Adenuga.

The Shut Up rapper also paid tribute to the late Jamal Edwards who was the founder of SBTV by featuring his mother Brenda Edwards. The rapper, Wretch 32, wrote the ending monologue which was narrated by the award winning actress, Michaela Coel.

The inspiration for the song’s title was Stormzy’s stylist and entrepreneur, Melissa’s Wardrobe, who is responsible for the rapper’s outfits on the red carpet and award ceremonies.

Many fans praised the star studded video on social media because it featured black icons that are very influential within the community.

With nearly five million views on YouTube the video has resonated with so many people as it highlights black British excellence and Stormzy has always used his platform to highlight Black culture.

He launched his publishing company, #Merky Books, which gives black writers a platform and helps young black students gain scholarships so they can study at the University of Cambridge.

Stormzy wants to showcase Black talent in a positive way and help tell stories that are not usually heard.

By Leah Kellman

Role: Features editor

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