Stormzy – ‘Rise Up’ Paperback Available Now!


Stormzy – ‘Rise Up’ Paperback Available Now!

Stormzy – ‘Rise Up’ Paperback Available Now!


It’s been a long time coming, I swear…’

In four years Stormzy has risen from one of the most promising musicians of his generation to a spokesperson for a generation. Rise Up is the story of how he got there. It’s a story about faith and the ideas worth fighting for. It’s about knowing where you’re from, and where you’re going. It’s about following your dreams without compromising who you are.

Featuring never-before-seen photographs, lyrics and contributions from Team #Merky, Rise Up is the #Merky story, and the record of a journey unlike any other.


Officially released in paperback edition today get your copy here.

You can also be in with a chance of winning a free copy by following the instructions posted on the Merky Books Instagram;

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Watch and listen to what went down when Stormzy gave an exclusive talk about ‘Rise Up’ and Merky Books at the Barbican below.

London-based grime MC of Ghanaian heritage, Stormzy made a swift rise in the early 2010s to become one of the U.K.’s most critically-acclaimed artists. Climbing out of the underground grime scene, he made his breakthrough in 2017 with his platinum-certified, chart-topping debut, Gang Signs & Prayer.

Late in 2013 he began uploading his “Wicked Skengman” series of freestyles over classic grime beats; in 2014, he made his official debut with the EP Dreamers Disease. A year later he released the single “Know Me From” along with “WickedSkengMan 4,” the first track in his “WickedSkengMan” freestyle series and a Top 20 hit in the U.K. That December, Stormzy performed the single’s B-side, “Shut Up,” at a match between heavyweight boxers Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte. The song jumped into the Top 40 following the broadcast, and the rapper launched a campaign to have the song top the charts during Christmas. Before returning to the studio to record his first LP, he released non-album single “Scary” in the spring of 2016. Stormzy returned in 2017 with his official full-length debut Gang Signs & Prayer (#Merky Records), which featured the platinum single “Big for Your Boots,” “Cigarettes & Cush” with Kehlani, and “Blinded by Your Grace, Pt. 2” with MNEK. The critically-lauded set debuted atop the U.K. albums chart and was soon certified platinum. In 2018, the album took home the prize for British Album of the Year and Stormzy was crowned British Male Solo Artist of the Year at the annual Brit Awards.

Riding the wave of acclaim, he was announced as one of the headliners at 2019’s Glastonbury Festival. This year, he also scored his first number one single in the U.K. with “Vossi Bop.”


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