Song Lyric Sunday #30

What do I have in my archives in response to Jim Adams’ prompt for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday Challenge which is Breeze/Cloud/Sky/Wind. I’m going to choose something more recent this week: Rainfall by grime artist ¹ Stormzy.

Michael Ebenezer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr.  – a bit of a mouthful – known professionally as Stormzy, is a British rapper, singer and songwriter. In 2014, he gained attention on the UK underground music scene through his Wicked Skengman series of freestyles over classic grime beats.

Stormzy won Best Grime Act at the 2014 and 2015 MOBO Awards and was named as an artist to look out for in the BBC’s Sound of 2015 list. His debut album, Gang Signs & Prayer (2017), was the first grime album to reach number one on the UK Albums Chart and won British Album of the Year at the 2018 Brit Awards.

Rainfall’s the fourth track on his second studio album Heavy Is the Head (abbreviated to h.i.t.h on the album cover) released in 13 December 2019 which features a number of collaborations with other artists such as Burna Boy and Ed Sheeran. The album received widespread critical acclaim and by January 2020, it was certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry.

In 2019, from the same album, Stormzy achieved his first UK number-one single with “Vossi Bop” and his headline appearance at the 2019 Glastonbury Festival was widely praised; he wore a Union Jack stab vest designed by Banksy, to highlight the rise in knife crime in London.

¹ Grime is a genre of electronic music that emerged in London in the early 2000s out of garage and which draws influences from jungle, dancehall and hip hop.The style is typified by rapid, syncopated breakbeats, generally around 140 beats per minute, and often features an aggressive or jagged electronic sound. Emceeing is a significant element of the style, and lyrics revolve around gritty depictions of urban life. It has been described as the “most significant musical development within the UK for decades.”

Lyrics: Rainfall

Ah, embody it, yeah
Let your man speak
I never put no colors on my timepiece
I told you niggas cut me out the grime beef
And now you got me fuckin’ up some Grime neeks
So ‘low runnin’ up your gums
Man’ll double back and then I’ll go and double up my funds
And when you’re finished suckin’ on your mums
I do another quarter mil, and get another number one, it’s like
I’m gettin’ bored of you boys
Flex on ’em, lookin’ like the Audemars boys
Big Mike, I was makin’ all of the noise
In a big fur jacket, that’s the thoughts of your boy
They rate me, that’s so blatant
When I saw the future, that’s so Raven
Whenever they say my name, I take a payment
Even when I make it rain I make a statement
Let the rain fall on my enemies
Fall on my enemies
Let the rain fall on my enemies
All of my enemies
Yeah, let the rain fall on my enemies
On all of my enemies
Lord, let the rain fall on my enemies
Let it fall on my enemies
Yo, goose in the winter keep my back warm
Told my little brudda keep my stack warm
Kill me with some rap corn
I’m a bigger hitter on a bigger platform
Now we do the Jigga walk
Reminiscin’ ’bout the spinners that my hitta brought
(So) So ‘low me with that Twitter talk
I can’t even hear you through these Brit awards (Ayy, ayy)
I put my shades on
Hoodie up and send a prayer up to Trayvon
They tryna figure how a nigga put his name on
And how a nigga did it with no chains on
I give you the keys to no stress
First you give God the praise then see him work
I can’t ever be on my knees, I’m too blessed
‘Cause any time I make it rain I’m reimbursed, then I-
Let the rain fall on my enemies
Fall on my enemies
Let the rain fall on my enemies
All of my enemies
Yeah, let the rain fall on my enemies
On all of my enemies
Lord, let the rain fall on my enemies
Let it fall on my enemies
Yo
Fall on my enemies
Fall on my enemies
Let the rain fall on my enemies
Fall on my enemies
Yeah, let the rain fall on my enemies
On all of my enemies
Lord, let the rain fall on my enemies
Let it fall on my enemies
Take the shackles off my feet so I can dance (I can dance)
I just wanna praise yah (Ooh), I just wanna praise yah (Praise you ooh)
You broke the chains, now I can lift my head (I can lift my head)
And I’m gonna praise yah (Praise you), I’m gonna praise yah (Oh, praise yah)
Take the shackles off my face so I can dance (So I can dance, I can dance)
I just wanna praise yah, I just wanna praise yah (Yeah)
You broke the chains, now I can lift my head (I can lift my head)
And I’m gonna praise yah (I’m gonna praise yah)
I’m gonna praise you (I’m gonna praise yah)
Fall on my enemies (Ooh)
Fall on my enemies
Let the rain fall on my enemies (Ooh)
All of my enemies (Ooh)
Yeah, let the rain fall on my enemies (All of my enemies)
On all of my enemies
Lord, let the rain fall on my enemies
Let it fall on my enemies

Source: Musicmatch
Songwriters: Jonathan Lee / Trecina Evette Atkins / Erica Monique Atkins / Warryn S. Campbell / Michael Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Junior / Alastair O’donnell
Rainfall lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Ltd., Emi April Music Inc., It’s Tea Tyme, That’s Plum Songs, Campbell Kids Publishing

Challenge Rules

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not. If it does not fit, then please explain why you chose this song.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to Jim’s post or place your link in his comments section.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Most of all, have fun and enjoy the music.

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