THE #MERKY STORY SO FAR
Edited and Co-written by Jude Yawson
Contributions by Team #Merky
Images by Kaylum Dennis
`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, annotated lyrics and contributions from those closest to him, Rise Up is the #Merky story, and the record of a journey unlike any other.
'A very important book. The voices we hear from - young, gifted and largely black - are all too rarely heard. These are people who typically have to listen to a daily diet of media negativity about their communities without the opportunities to respond. ... It is truly inspiring to read about the accomplishments of Team Stormzy, realised largely without money or expertise, but with bucketloads of intelligence and hard work.' BBC (WILL GOMPERTZ)
Stormzy is a musician from Thornton Heath, south London. In 2017 he won the BBC Music Award for `Artist of the Year', and received two BRIT Awards for `Male Solo Artist' and `Best Album' in February 2018. His debut album, Gang Signs & Prayer, debuted at #1 in the UK album charts, the first ever grime album to do so. The album was subsequently nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and also won the Ivor Novello `Album Award' in June 2018. He lives in London.