STORMZY HAS compared Wiley to a “drunk uncle” and said he doesn’t mind trolling him in a new interview.
The grime artist made the comments when he joined Scott Mills for Radio 1’s official chart show to celebrate securing the first number 1 single of the new decade with his single Own It (featuring Ed Sheeran and Burna Boy).
Asked if he would be meeting up with Wiley in the near future, Stormzy said: “I don’t think we’ll be meeting up anytime soon. I think he just gets a bit woop [sic] and then he hits the old social media. Obviously, when you get wooped [sic] you’re not meant to tweet.
“It’s like a drunk uncle, it’s like ‘aw uncle, come on man, […] get back to bed’.”
The two UK artists have been engaged in a public disagreement on Twitter after Wiley criticised Stormzy’s collaboration with Sheeran.
In one tweet, Wiley told Stormzy, whose real name is Michael Omari Jr, that he wasn’t “ready for smoke”.
“You ain’t ready for smoke Mike, [you’re] a star. Go be a star and mind ya own bizness [sic] on this one,” Wiley tweeted.
Stormzy, who paid homage to “the Godfather of Grime” with his 2019 song Wiley Flow, replied: “I was minding my business, you weirdo. You say my name everyday, you’re mad weird, all I do is show you love and respect, you old MCs are so weird.”
At one point, Wiley cast doubt on Stormzy’s claim that he turned down an opportunity to have Jay-Z feature on his song Take Me Back To London.
“What a blagger. Ed got Jay-Z in the room [though] and the beat is dead anyway you lot are so s***,” Wiley said in one tweet.
The veteran MC didn’t single out Stormzy in his Twitter rant, he also targeted AJ Tracey, who he said he was “deleting” from grime, and Tinie Tempah, tweeting that he should: “Drop some music and stop hiding behind the millionaires daughter.”
But Stormzy doesn’t seem to be taking the online feud seriously.
“I don’t mind trolling Wiley, he loves it. He loves to troll, he loves to get trolled. That’s all it is. It’s nothing to see here,” Stormzy said on The Official Chart on Radio 1 with Scott Mills.
Stormzy, who has been cast in the TV adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses book series, also spoke to Mills about the challenges of doing something different.
He said: “I need to work on my acting. Because acting is a very difficult craft…I’m just making my small step into but if you tune into that [Noughts and Crosses] I actually do the funniest…I feel like I’m going to be a meme at some point this year.”
Reflecting on his Glastonbury performance and the pressures that follow, he told Mills: “When it comes to excellence or top level of anything, once you set a bar or you set a standard, that’s kind of what you’re marked by for the rest of your career or your life.
“That’s the burden of any sort of greatness…I’m cool for that to be the bar that people judge me by.”