Stormzy is one of the hottest grime artists in the UK. Live at the Brit Awards on Wednesday night, he took aim at Prime Minister Theresa May for her response to the Grenfell Tower fire that killed 71 people.
The 24-year-old winner of both Album of the Year and British Male Solo Artist used his tense live performance at the awards to deliver a livid, exceptional freestyle.
Stormzy, whose real name is Michael Owuo, criticized May for the government’s management of the fire that broke out in London at the 24-story Grenfell Tower public housing flats in June 2017.
“Theresa May, where’s the money for Grenfell?” he said. “What, you thought we just forgot about Grenfell? You criminals, and you got the cheek to call us savages, you should do some jail time, you should pay some damages, we should burn your house down and see if you can manage this.”
It’s not the first time Stormzy has put his support behind the victims of the Grenfell disaster, appearing with the likes of Robbie Williams, Liam Payne, and Rita Ora on a charity single.
Needless to say, Stormzy’s performance had people losing their damn minds.
Tonight was a seminal moment for British music. The contradictions of inequality, power and greed have been laid bare on primetime national television by a hugely popular artist who refuses to cowtow to commercial or political interests.
— Liam O’Hare (@Liam_O_Hare) February 22, 2018
Stormzy calling out the government about the money for Grenfell was iconic as fuck 👏👏👏👏👏
— Nathan Jain (@NathanJain_) February 21, 2018