Stormzy and Wiley 'beef' explained: Why have the rappers released diss tracks?
GRIME's biggest artists, Wiley and Stormzy, are locked in a bitter battle of words after the pair have drop multiple diss tracks against each other.
The pair's feud began towards the end of 2019 after Wiley ripped into Stormzy's track with Ed Sheeran, but this is how the saga has continued to unfold.
Are Stormzy and Wiley feuding?
Yes – they most certainly are.
The row between the two has rumbled on since Stormzy teamed up with Ed Sheeran on his No1 song Take Me Back To London last year and then on Own It.
Wiley – Richard Kylea Cowie Jr, MBE – claimed Ed was “using Grime to look good”, while Stormzy defended him on Twitter.
He said: “Ed’s the kindest, nicest soul ever. He’s just trying to travel the world and he’s probably getting notifications. But I said, ‘Don’t worry, I’ll do all the trolling’.”
Stormzy – real name Michael Owuo Jr – went on to release the track Wiley Flow on his new album, Heavy Is The Head, which some fans saw as a tribute to the 'godfather of Grime' while others thought it was a diss.
Then on New Year's Day, Wiley kicked off the feud again with another attack to Ed and Stormzy, which led to Own It rapper Stormzy lashing out in response.
The pair's online war of words eventually made its way onto a grime beat when Wiley dropped his diss track, Eediyat Skengman 1 (Skengman being one of Stormzy's nicknames which means someone who becomes violent during beef.)
The feud is somewhat surprising seeing as Stormzy has always been vocal of his admiration for Wiley.
While Wiley praised the new wave of grime when speaking to Dazed back in 2017: "Stormzy is doing a great job of (empowering youth) at the moment. Even though I’m still here in the game today, the youth today who are searching for that empowerment wouldn’t look to me, they’d look to a Stormzy or a Skepta, a Lady Leshurr for girls."
Why have Stormzy and Wiley released diss tracks?
Wiley shocked – and thrilled – Grime fans when he released diss track Eediyat Skengman 1, where he accuses Stormzy of not caring about grime.
Stormzy replied with a track called Disappointed, where he mocked Wiley for being an “old man” and said he had a “death wish” for insulting him.
Wiley escalated the fallout by threatening to attack the Stormzy’s mum in follow-up track, Eediyat Skengman 2.
Referencing mum Abigail, Wiley raps: “If I see your mum at Croydon market, I’m going to rip that weave off her head.”
He went on to re-post messages on Twitter from fans who praised him for the sick jibe and said Stormzy was worse than a “grass”.
Then Stormzy dropped Still Disappointed, a freestyle over rapper Kano's Mic Check beat.
His rhymes saw him claim that Wiley’s mum is “banged up abroad” in Cyprus after her son got into trouble.
The rapper went on to call her a “whore”, boasted that Wiley's sister begged him for a selfie and called his rival's dad a snitch – before finishing with “24 hours to reply”.
What have Stormzy and Wiley said during their feud?
The pair have only been referencing their beef through social media and via their diss tracks – which has seen the pair make bold claims about the other.
On “Eediyat Skengman”, Wiley raps: “It’s not homage, looking like a sly one, I know when a brudda and a label join together and they try one / They all copy me, they want some of my one / It don’t work though ’cause this my ting / And I’m the heavyweight champ of the grime ting.”
Another verse includes the lyrics: “You never cared about grime, you just used it / Worse than Ed with your watered down music.”
On Still Disappointed, Stormzy spits: "I'm a real G and your dad's a witness, boyed your bro and your sister begged it, I told that little b**** don't ask for pictures.
"Why you like to talk about mums so much? Where's yours?"
He continued: "Wiley you should have been the one to guide but since you wanna diss my mum so much, let's talk about why you moved your mum to Cyprus.
"That poor little woman was scared in the house cause you put her life in danger, you p***k.
"Since shots fly through your window you couldn't be the one to save her you p***k."
How can I listen to the Stormzy and Wiley diss tracks?
All the diss tracks are available on YouTube.
Wiley filmed a video for the diss track, Eediyat Skengman 2 which has amassed over 530,000 views to date.
While Stormzy's music video response with Still Disappointed has been watched over 2.1 million times at time of publication.
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