Stormzy reignited smoke to Chip’s fire after an unannounced visit to Chip’s home address where he was accompanied by a group of three.
How times have changed. I remember when rap conflicts only occurred during battles, cyphers, on diss tracks and street corners. Fast-forward to 2020, and they are now taking place on social media and outside people’s homes.
The North London rapper, 29, published a now-deleted tweet on Twitter, where Stormzy can be seen outside the rapper’s residency accompanied by a group of three. In the footage Stormzy can be heard saying:
“Tell him to phone me init, followed by a confrontation, “You think you can just pull up to people’s houses? No one ain’t gonna phone you Stormzy, you’re disrespectful bro, and that’s that. I don’t even know what’s happened, but you can’t just pull up to people’s houses like that.”
The tweet went viral shortly after publication and started trending across social media with the GIFs and memes flooding the timeline.
Chip’s management later released a statement explaining that Stormzy turned up at Chip’s home address unannounced with three other people, screaming and shouting for Chip to come outside. After being told to leave twice as Chip wasn’t home, Stormzy allegedly refused and made his way to Chip’s apartment where family members were present and things got heated. Stormzy reportedly caused a commotion and was later escorted out the building by the police.
The origins of the feud are unspecified, but it has been said to have come about after Stormzy’s self-declaration as the “King of Grime” during the midst of his feud with Wiley, which seems to have ruffled a few feathers, and it wasn’t long before the beef between Chip and Stormzy reached its climax.
The rappers previously exchanged subtle shots during the latter’s beef with Wiley, but it wasn’t until Chip released “WAZE.” Which features on his joint album “Insomnia” featuring Young Adz and Skepta, that the animosity developed.
Skepta x Chip x Young Adz – Waze
Chip’s lyrics narrated, “You ain’t been platinum, silver or gold, You ain’t even been bronze, You ain’t even done ten years in this ting, Round here we don’t hear you’re a king, man will take your throne.”
The “WAZE” single contained what many perceived to be indirect messages towards Stormzy, before Stormzy responded with a few subliminal of his own on Tion Wayne’s single “I Dunno” featuring Dutchavelli.
Tion Wayne x Dutchavelli x Stormzy – I Dunno [Music Video] | GRM Daily
Stormzy lyrics included, “Is he sending for me? I dunno, What them boy there sell first week? I dunno. When they ask for the fee let ’em know that’s it 1.5 for the headline show. Little n***a, that’s milli’s not thousands, Stormzy the goat, but they really been doubtin’. Came offline, I’ve been chillin’ in mountains. How about you, bro? I really sell albums.”
“Wait, look, I thought I heard shots but the shoe don’t fit. Can’t flex on me with Louboutin drip. Cause my n***a, that’s stupid s**t. We all know that I’m stupid rich.”
“Can’t stand these neeks when they talk on the tune. Cause it’s, “wagwan bro?” When I walk in the room. That’s Big Mike, the most paid, the most sold and I still get love from all of the goons, like.”
The CRB Check hitmaker tweeted “why am i trending?” after fans and supporters nationwide started speculating Stormzy’s lyrics on the track, theorising that Stormzy could be unapologetically addressing Chip.
Circumstances lead to Chip recording and releasing not one, but two diss tracks entitled “Flowers” and “Killer MC” in response to Stormzy, and what he perceived as a personal and verbal attack on his character.
Chip – Flowers [Music Video] | GRM Daily
Chip – Killer MC [Music Video] | GRM Daily
Some of the most painful feuds emerge from once-cosy connections, including this toxic disputation that has steered to two of the music industry’s most talented and celebrated personalities of the past decade to be at war with each other.
With so much going on in the world at the moment, let’s just hope that there’s light at the end of the tunnel and the pair can call a truce.
Words by Oshane Beach