Stormzy Explains Why He Turned Down A JAY-Z Verse

Published At: 02 December 2019 , 04:14 PM

"Take Me Back to London" seems on Ed Sheeran's 'No. 6 Collaborations Project.'

Stormzy recently reported that he turned down his "No. one hero motivation" on "Take Me Back to London": JAY-Z. In an impression on The Jonathan Ross Show, he talked about how the A-list rapper was initially slated to perform on Ed Sheeran's No. 6 Collaborations Project.

"We were all in the studio record; me, Ed Sheeran and JAY-Z," he said, according to NME. "Ere that, I loved 'Take Me Back to London' because I assumed it was merely going to be Ed and me, and then Ed was like, 'Jay is getting on it.'"

Composed by Kenny Beats, Fred Gibson, and Skrillex, the official version of the track cores on how global progress can't take away from hometown pride.

But while you're miles away, and you are feeling lonely

Must remember that there isn't any area like home

Stormzy embellished on how the Brooklyn rhymer's appearance changed the meaning of the song. "'Take Me Back To London' with Ed and me is one thing, but now that JAY-Z is on it. They are JAY-Z and Stormzy, what he intends to culture, what I mean to the culture," he told Ross. "I said, 'Is that the song?' I did not believe it was the song."

"I felt usual bad because I was like, 'You're answering no to JAY-Z!'" he proceeded.

"JAY-Z was super proud and super shocked and driven aback by the fact that that kid told him."

In August, a remix released with further contributions by Aitch and Jaykae. The previous month, Stormzy notched a new team-up with Sheeran on "Own It," alongside Burna Boy.

Read all the lyrics to "Take Me Back to London" on azlyrics now.