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Stormzy made his impromptu return to the music scene on Thursday night with the surprise release of his new single Mel Made Me Do It.
The chart-topping rapper’s new track was released alongside an 11-minute music video that has already got everyone talking – thanks in no small part to his seemingly endless list of celebrities.
To say the Mel Made Me Do It video is star-studded would be a definite understatement, with everyone from Stormzy’s music industry peers to trailblazing sports figures making an appearance.
At the start of the clip, Stormzy appears on a fictional talk show co-hosted by Jonathan Ross and Zeze Millz, with Louis Theroux and Olympian Dina Asher-Smith as his other guests.
The song also references the iconic “I am in great trouble when I speak.’
So it’s fitting that the man himself also makes a cameo in one scene, sharing the screen with rapper Vossi Bop.
Towards the end of Stormzy’s video, he also pays tribute to the pioneers of black British culture with a spoken word section performed by Michaela Coel.
“Today we’re talking about the foundation,” says the Emmy-winning actor and creator of I May Destroy You. “Many great black influential giants have touched people soul to soul for many generations.
“I often think of the word greatness, but football legends like Ian Wright make it clear that it’s great.
“Our DNA gives us strength. We can make a song and dance out of anything.”
Among those to appear in the sequence are football legend Ian Wright, broadcaster Trevor Nelson, singer Gabrielle and eight-time gold medalist Usain Bolt.
Stormzy is joined on screen by a host of his musical peers such as Dave, Little Simz, Headie One and JME, with Brenda Edwards appearing to pay tribute to her son Jamal, who died earlier this year aged 31.
As the founder of SBTV, Jamal is credited with helping launch the careers of many major UK artists, including Ed Sheeran, Dave, Rita Ora, N-Dubz and Stormzy.
Stormzy is now gearing up for the release of his third studio album, which was previewed at the end of his UK tour earlier this year.
After releasing her debut Gang Signs & Prayer in 2017, the grime star headlined Glastonbury, won three Brit Awards and topped the UK Singles Chart three times with Vossi Bop, Own It and Ed Sheeran collaboration Take Me Back To London.
Watch the full music video for Mel Made Me Do It above.