UK rapper Stormzy recently explained why he turned down the opportunity to work with Jay-Z. Stromzy was working on his collaboration with Ed Sheeran for the track “Take Me Back to London” and Jay hopped into the studio. Stormzy told the BBC, “We got into the studio and we were writing for this song and then [Jay-Z] just stops the music and he said, ‘Tell me about London, I need some inspiration.'”
Stormzy continues,”At the end [Jay’s] smiling, we were probably talking for an hour and he goes, ‘So what do you think of the song?'” Stormzy remembered. “I was like, ‘I love this song but you being on the song changes everything.’ I was like, ‘I know how it goes, Mr Z. You are the most brilliant, busy man and I will probably never get this opportunity ever again but hand on my heart, I don’t think this is the right song for us. I don’t know why I’m saying this to you but this is not the song.'”
Listen to him tell the story below.