Stormzy is the first of four cover stars to be featured on The FADER’s first-ever Diaspora Issue.

The print issue hits newsstands May 23rd, and can be pre-ordered

Read Stormzy’s full cover story, live now on, here:

Stormzy’s Reign

Black artists in the U.K. have always been marginalized. Stormzy infiltrated, and now he wants his fans to do the same. “It’s very simple,” Stormzy says. “We need more slow-motion cutaways. And I need eight black kids.”

Writer Aimee Cliff met the British grime star in London on the same week that his record-breaking debut album Gang Signs & Prayer became the No. 1 album in the U.K. In the story.

Stormzy discusses growing up supported by a single immigrant mother, his recent experience with police discrimination in his own home, and how he is “infiltrating” the British music scene and empowering the next generation of young black artists.