The Stormzy lyric was sung by thousands as he took to the Pyramid Stage, but what does “vossi” mean?
Many are still wondering what “vossi” means; after Glastonbury, perhaps more people than ever. The English rapper is one of UK hip-hop’s most exciting talents and the release of his debut album – Gang Signs & Prayer – back in 2017 introduced so many to him while helping to popularise grime for the masses.
The record went on to earn numerous accolades and was actually the first ever grime album to reach number one on the UK Albums Chart; certainly no small feat.
Now, he’s the first Black British artist to ever have headlined Glastonbury. Simply incredible!
Hit after hit
When “Vossi Bop” was released, it signalled the return of a true talent. However, some of the lyrics raised more than a few eyebrows.
His performance of the song on the Glastonbury main stage was a true spectacle – there’s no doubt that Stormzy’s set will go down as one of the most important of the festival’s history.
So, let’s take a look behind one of his most intriguing lyrics.
It’s a dance!
It refers to a viral dance which was created back in 2015 by Twitter user @NL_Vossi; simply, it entails leaning in and bopping to the beat.
Talk about staying true to your word! According to Captial Xtra, it turns out that he teased the song way back when the dance was emerging. Here’s a video to refresh your memories:
What a video
The artist wonderfully recaptured the imagery of the video right there on the stage during the biggest show of his entire career.
It was a total triumph for fans of UK hip-hop; we’ll be talking about this set for years to come.
There were many great performances across the weekend, but it’s clear that Stormzy has been crowned king of Glastonbury 2019.
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