‘Stormzy is clear’: Video of Jose Mourinho, Usain Bolt and Louis Theroux sparks enthusiastic reactions | Ents & Arts News

Stormzy sparked enthusiastic responses online with the surprise release of a new 11-minute music video featuring a slew of cameos including Usain Bolt, Jose Mourinho and Louis Theroux.

Mel Made Me Do This is a rapper’s first solo effort in nearly three years, and his sharp, quirky songs put his songwriting and delivery prowess on full display.

Including no chorus or hook, Thursday night’s surprise release sparked an instant outpouring of online acclaim and racked up more than half a million views on YouTube in a matter of hours.

Much of the initial excitement on social media focused on Mourinho’s appearance – and reference to the director of football’s famous meme “If I speak up I’m in big trouble”.

But there was also widespread praise for the cameo from a host of pioneers of black British culture, including Gabriel, Ian Wright, Jazzy Bee, Mallory Blackman, Trevor Nelson, Dave and JME, and a tribute to late SBTV founder Jamal Edwards.

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Pic: Stormzy/Youtube

Stormzy opens the track with him in the theater saying, “I’ve been the goat for so long I think it’s not exciting when I win.

“So of course, they don’t like me, I’m the king.”

The first clip also includes a possible reference to fellow rapper Chip who released a series of so-called dis tracks targeting Stormzy.

Stormzy didn’t specify his name, but rhymed simply: “Aight, tell me why, why do I reply to him?”

“I leave him hanging like Keri on the edge, your majesty.”

Although not mentioned by name, Chip apparently posted a tweet in response, asking, “Why am I heading.”

Stormzy, Louis Theroux, and Dina Asher-Smith Pic: Stormzy / YouTube
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Stormzy, Louis Theroux, and Dina Asher-Smith Pic: Stormzy / YouTube

The video continues to show Olympic 100-meter runner Bolt watching a TV talk show where Jonathan Ross and Zizi Mills interview Stormzy alongside Theroux and sprinter Dina Asher-Smith.

While he’s sitting on the sofa and saying, “We don’t lie,” Louis Theroux – Same rap-related meme theme – He chimes in and both adds the following line: “I think the kids call it La Cabin.”

Later, the video shows a shot of Stormzy standing with Mourinho – both holding his fingers to his lips – and sampling a famous clip of the former Chelsea manager saying: “I’d really prefer not to talk, if I talk I’m in big trouble.”

Another line contains a tribute to another member of the Kings of Hip Hop, Lauren Hill.

“Word to Lauren, I’m going to die on this hill,” says Storzi, on a sample of the legendary artist saying “Heppy Gibbs” from the Fugees classic Ready Or Not.

The reception on social media was almost universal in praise, with many noting that the artist chose to show off his ability as a rapper after his huge popularity in recent years brought accusations that his status as a pop star had been overshadowed.

In response to the video, writer and poet Moses Okonga said, “Stormzy’s new track is amazing. He’s never done this well. Outstanding use of patterns and flows, this video is an instant classic. Oh my God.”

Famous YouTuber John Denton said, “Is that Usain Bolt? Jonathan Ross and Zizi Mills? Oh my God, Storzy’s gone straight. It’s getting clear.”