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The ShortListen: Stormzy (no. 205)

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Dave Fawbert
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Who? Stormzy

What’s the story? In a world awash with American rappers, it is always an unadulterated pleasure to hear a proud British accent on a great grime track. On Standard, Stormzy's latest track, he pronounces "arse" correctly and references going "out on the town with the lads [to get] wankered". But that's not all, there's also a tremendously British vocal sample repeated as the 22-year-old dishes out three minutes of rabble-rousing boasts and statements from his gold throne, over a gloriously dark and shifting beat from Walthamstow producers The HeavyTrackerz. Move aside Kanye and Jay Z, the throne to watch is Stormzy's.

For fans of: JME, Skepta, Big Narstie

In three words: Banging dark grime

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Dave Fawbert

ShortList.com staff writer Dave’s primary passions are pop, prose, punning and power ballads (and alliteration). A lower division football enthusiast and long-suffering cricket fan, he is one of only 110 people followed on Twitter by Chas Hodges from Chas ‘n’ Dave. Follow Dave on Twitter like Chas: @davefawbert

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