Stormzy Convinced Jay-Z Not to Collaborate With Ed Sheeran. In a recent interview on ‘The Jonathan Ross Show,’ British rapper Stormzy revealed why Jay-Z didn’t appear on Ed Sheeran’s recent album, ‘No. 6 Collaborations Project.’. Jay-Z was initially supposed to appear on the song, “Take Me Back to London,” alongside Stormzy and Sheeran. . However, while the trio were in the studio working on the song, Stormzy pressed Jay-Z to drop out. . 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.', Stormzy, to ‘The Jonathan Ross Show.’. Stormzy told Jay-Z that he felt him being on the song would "[change] everything” about it. ‘Take Me Back To London’ with me and Ed is one thing, but now that Jay-Z is on it … This is Jay-Z and Stormzy, what he means to culture, what I mean to culture, Stormzy, to ‘The Jonathan Ross Show.’. According to Stormzy, Jay-Z respected his “courageous” decision and “couldn’t believe that [he] did it.”. We spoke and he made me feel [proud of what I did]. I left there thinking [I was an idiot], but then I had the honor of seeing him again and having the conversation, and he let me know to my face that what I did [was courageous], Stormzy, to ‘The Jonathan Ross Show.’
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