Stormzy’s Cover of Kanye West's “Ultralight Beam,” Holy Shit
Radio 1's Live Lounge is good today.
South London grime hero Stormzy was the guest on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge this morning, meaning that he had to perform a cover of a popular song that could one day go onto a CD that you can buy for £12.99 next to the checkout at Tesco's because, I don't know, maybe you're really shitty at buying presents for your family, or maybe you're just a masochist. A Live Lounge set always carries the threat of imminent, cringe-inducing disaster. But holy shit, Stormzy's cover of "Ultralight Beam." Holy shit.
Host Clara Amfo introduces the track by asking Stormzy if the cover is a nod to that performance at the Brits in 2015, in which Kanye brought most of the London grime scene onstage with him for a performance of "All Day." Basically, no:
"This song means a lot to me. Love the message of the song, I love the musicality of the song. It's one of my favorite songs, both from how I feel about it and from an artist's point of view. I appreciate everything about the song: the lyrics the melodies, the way it was composed together. It's a song that inspires me."
From there, he just loses it. Listen to the full track here. "Ultralight Beam" starts around the 2:14:00 mark.
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