Stormzy’s “Greatest Story” Is Stopping JAY-Z from Appearing on “Take Me Back To London”

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Stormzy freely acknowledges that JAY-Z is his “number one hero inspiration.” So when Ed Sheeran revealed that Hov would be getting in on “Take Me Back To London,” he admitted, “It blew my mind. ”

Speaking on the Jonathan Ross Show recently, the British rapper explained that he penned the track with Sheeran, as part of the No. 6 Collaborations Project. Sheeran then brought in Hov. Sheeran had hoped that the Brooklyn rapper would bring his expert touch to the ode to London.

Stomzy explained, “We got into the studio and we were writing for this song and then he just stops the music and he said, ‘Tell me about London, I need some inspiration.’” Stomzy and his manager then broke down everything “from black culture, community, music, his journey, my journey.”

What followed was the “greatest story” of his life to date. Although JAY was a personal hero, and though an opportunity like this was not likely to come around again he asked, “Is this the song?’ I didn’t think it was the song.” He told JAY-Z, “I love this song but you being on it changes everything.”

Although he initially regretted the decision, he’s since come around. According to Stormzy, JAY was understanding, “We spoke and he made me feel [proud of what I did].”

The US rap mogul probably isn’t used to hearing “no,” “He couldn’t believe that I did it.”

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