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Stormzy’s video for Vossi Bop takes us on a trip around London

Stormzy’s super slick video for his latest song Vossi Bop takes us around his home city of London.

The rapper, born and raised in South London, begins by taking us on an early morning stroll along a deserted Westminster Bridge with a nice view of Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye. We then pop over to Bank where the video’s impressive choreography and camera work really starts to kick in in front of the neoclassical Royal Exchange.

Stormzy then abruptly takes us out of inner-city London to an empty car park (near one of London’s airports – spot the British Airways plane flying overhead), bluntly displaying the many different layers to the London scene. Here, Stormzy hops on the hood of a Toyota Prius, while someone rides a Santander Cycle in the background, just one of the many ways to get around London!

Stormzy performs at Lowlands festival, Biddinghuizen, Netherlands, 18 August 2018. Photo by Paul Bergen/Redferns/Getty

The video’s extras are often sporting Stormzy’s own clothing range as well as tracksuits from his collaboration with adidas, but one extra wears a hoodie promoting Slick Willies, London’s original skate shop. As well as a quick cameo from Idris Elba, the video also includes some lovely nighttime rooftop views of London.

The number-one single comes ahead of Stormzy’s headline slot at Glastonbury in June. Vossi Bop is Stormzy’s first release since his breakout album Gang Signs & Prayer came out in 2017. Since then the British rapper has set up #Merky Books, an imprint with Penguin Books, whose debut publication will be Stormzy’s first book, Rise Up: The #Merky Journey So Far.

New Stormzy video for Vossi Bop takes us on a tour of his hometown. Photo by: Joseph Okpako/WireImage

Check out our article on what’s on in London in summer 2019 if Vossi Bop has made you want to plan a visit!