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Stormzy’s Basic Information
|Real Name:||Michael Ebenezer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr.|
|Occupation:||Rapper, Singer, Songwriter|
|Date Of Birth/Age:||26 July, 1993 (29) Years Old|
|Place of Birth:||Norbury, London, England|
|Education:||Kensington Avenue Primary School, Croydon
Stanley Technical High School (currently known as Harris Academy South Norwood)
Michael Ebenezer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr., also known as Stormzy, is a British rapper, singer, and songwriter who was born on July 26, 1993. He became well-known in the UK underground music scene in 2014 thanks to his Wicked Skengman series of freestyles performed over vintage grime sounds. After Stormzy started a campaign to reach Christmas number one, his single “Shut Up,” which was first made available as a freestyle on YouTube, gained popularity and peaked at number eight on the UK Singles Chart.
Stormzy was designated an act to watch in the BBC’s Sound of 2015 list and won Best Grime Act at the 2014 and 2015 MOBO Awards. Gang Signs & Prayer, his debut album, became the first grime record to top the UK Albums Chart and was named British Album of the Year at the 2018 Brit Awards. Stormzy was ranked fifth on the Top 10 of the 2020 Annual Powerlist after being recognized for both his advocacy and musical accomplishments.
His second studio album, Heavy is the Head, made the Mercury Prize 2020 shortlist. In his career, he had received two nominations. As a result of his philanthropic contributions of £10 million to charities and fight against racial inequality, he was named the third most influential Black Briton on the Powerlist 2021.
The creation of the #Merky Books publishing imprint by Stormzy and the Penguin Random House division William Heinemann was announced in July 2018. Rise Up by Stormzy, the first book from the imprint, was released in the fall of 2018. Taking Up Space: The Black Girl’s Manifesto for Change by Chelsea Kwakye and Ore Ogunbiyi followed in the summer of 2019.
According to WealthyGorilla, Stormzy’s net worth is estimated to be over $25 million (£20.5 million). His work as a rapper has been the main contributor to his net worth. Additionally, Stormzy has made a sizeable fortune from his Youtube channel. He also stars in numerous television commercials, including Nike. Additionally, he earns money by touring to support his records. The musician earns about $2 Million a year, according to Bioreview.
After the two supposedly spent a few days together in July 2020, there were rumors that Stormzy and Swedish Victoria Secret Model Yasmine Aisha Khalifa Holmgren might be dating. At one of Stormzy’s concerts in Stockholm, Sweden, the two met backstage. However, neither the rapper nor the model have made any declarations.
Beginning in early 2015, the two were a couple for four years before calling it quits in 2019. Rumors that Stormzy had an affair with singer-songwriter Jorja Smith during his engagement with Maya arose after their breakup. Stormzy refuted the claims, saying that while he had treated Maya disrespectfully, he had never cheated on her.
He is the cousin of rapper Nadia Rose, his mother is Ghanaian, and his father was a taxi driver. Together with his mother, brother, and two sisters, he was raised in South Norwood, London. Although he enjoyed music, Stormzy did not come from a very musical family.
Stormzy received his elementary education at Croydon’s Kensington Avenue Primary School. He completed his secondary school at Stanley Technical High School, now Harris Academy South Norwood, where he also took his GCSE and A-Level exams. He performed well in his GCSE exams but not as well in his A-Levels. Stormzy wanted to enroll at the esteemed Cambridge University but was unable to do so, primarily because he had been expelled from his secondary school for “putting loads of chairs on another student.” He enrolled at a different college but dropped out after finding it less appealing. His apprenticeship as an engineer began not long after that.
The rapper joined the label’s newly established 0207 Def Jam imprint in 2020, which will support UK talent. He joins some of the biggest rappers on the Def Jam roster, including Public Enemy, Kanye West, Nas, and Q-Tip. Beyond a statement from parent company Universal Music praising him as “a once in a generation artist,” no more information was provided behind the change. Following the massive success of his independently released debut album, Gang Signs And Prayer, the rapper had signed with Atlantic in 2018.