Rapper Stormzy surprised fans in Cardiff yesterday who had waited hours to catch a glimpse of their music hero.
Tickets to see the grime artist at the capital’s HMV store had sold out, but some fans braved the windy weather in the hope he might make an appearance outside the shop.
The star had popped out and shocked fans in other cities on his album singing tour so the crowd were hopeful.
They were not disappointed but they did have to wait for the hundreds of others who had queued with their copies of his Heavy Is The Head CD to go first.
The award-winning MC posed for photos and signed copies of his albums leaving fans who met him shaking and crying. Despite not having official passes to meet Stormzy around 30 people chanted his name and shouted for him to come out onto the Hayes to see them. By the end of the signing session he had fans waiting at the front and back of the record store, eager to see Stormzy in the flesh.
“He came out in the street for about 30 mins with everyone, tried to sign everyone’s things and had pics, then went out the back to the others, everyone was really happy with him he was so down to earth and funny.” – Ashlei Parris
Stormzy, who headlined Glastonbury Festival in 2019, is about to embark on a world tour and will be performing in Cardiff in September.
Stormzy has also been in a fierce disagreement with 40-year-old “Godfather of Grime” Wiley, who says Stormzy has commercialised the genre, partly by collaborating with pop artists like Ed Sheeran.
Wiley, whose real name is Richard Cowie, accused Sheeran of “using grime to look good”, and mocked Stormzy for collaborating with him.
He has also had Twitter spats with rap giants Dizzee Rascal and Skepta.
Stormzy, whose real name is Michael Omari, picked up a Mercury Prize nomination and bags of Mobo Awards in 2019.
He performed at the Brits and MTV EMAs, and his lyrics even made their way into Conservative minister Michael Gove’s tweets in November.
Ranked in 14th place in Heat Magazine’s 2019 list of the richest British celebrities under 30 – which was topped by Sheeran – Stormzy has accrued an estimated worth of £12 million.