Stormzy States His Reason For Dismissing Jay-Z’s Verse On “Take Me Back To London” Single

Stormzy States His Reason For Dismissing Jay-Z’s Verse On “Take Me Back London” Single. In July this year U.K singer Ed Sheeran and rapper Stormzy teamed for a hit single Take Me Back To London.

What most people didn’t know about the single is that Jay Z submitted his verse for it. Unfortunately the verse had to be omitted by Stormzy who now reveals that it didn’t coincide with the song at all.

In fact, Stormz made it clear that Hov’s verse completely altered the song — and apparently not to his liking.

“Before that I loved ‘Take Me Back To London’ because I thought it was just going to be me and Ed,” he said, “Then Ed was like, ‘Jay is getting on it.’ 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.’”

From there, Stormzy said they had a “powerful, beautiful” conversation, “talking about everything from black culture, community [to] music, his journey, my journey.”

“It was the greatest conversation of my life,” he continued. “At the end he’s smiling, we were probably talking for an hour and he goes, ‘So what do you think of the song?’ I was like, ‘I love this song but you being on the song changes everything. If you didn’t ask me this, I would have just written my verse and we would have done it and I would have never questioned it, but now that you’ve asked me, no.’”

He added, “I was like, ‘I know how it goes, Mr Z. You are the most brilliant, busy man and I will probably never get this opportunity ever again but hand on my heart, I don’t think this is the right song for us. I don’t know why I’m saying this to you but this is not the song.’”

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