U.K. Rapper Stormzy Makes History At Glastonbury With Incendiary Performance

Stormzy made history on Friday as the first U.K. rapper to ever headline the Glastonbury Festival, and also the first black solo artist to top the bill at the famed British music festival.

As Reuters reports, the 25-year-old rapper — whose debut album was released just two years ago — took to the stage wearing a stab-proof vest emblazoned with a Union Jack (last year, he revealed he had been stabbed three times).

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The performance began with a video featuring Jay-Z — a past Glastonbury headliner — offering Stormzy some advice before the rapper made an explosive entrance.

“This is the greatest night of my entire life,” he told the crowd.

During his headlining set, Stormzy  — whose real name is Michael Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr. — welcomed some special guests during a visually stunning performance that included a gospel choir and ballet dancers.

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Coldplay frontman Chris Martin joined Stormzy for a duet on “Blinded By Your Grace Pt 1”, while English rappers Dave and Fredo later came onstage to perform their hit “Funky Friday”.

Stormzy got political during the show, reports The Mirror; while performing his hit “Vossi Bop”, he rapped “F**k the government and f**k Boris [Johnson]” before offering some choice words about Brexit.

U.K. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and “Game of Thrones” star Raleigh Ritchie both offered high for Stormzy’s performance.

 

Meanwhile, Stormzy also used his platform to shine the spotlight on the racial disparity inherent in the British criminal justice system, joined onstage by MP David Lammy.

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