At 21 years old, Stormzy is well on his way to becoming the next big thing to come from the grime scene. Born Michael Omari and raised in Croydon, South London, the rising MC, blessed with a low-registered, nimble growl for a flow, began his journey in music via road rap circles in 2010, where we got to witness his talent in its rawest form, but he would go on to make his name in a genre much more fitting to his lyrical style. 

Big Mikey—as he's also known—has had a gradual, and somewhat under-the-radar buzz up until twelve months ago. The tipping point came in the form of Wicked Skengman, a series of sporadic freestyles that began as something of an ode to Stormzy's long-time penchant for grime—a sound he grew up on, but a scene he felt detached to—lacing and gracing seminal riddims such as S-X's "Wooo Riddim" and Ruff Sqwad's "Pied Piper". Then, the scene came knocking—with Skepta and Wiley the first to give their invaluable seal of approval. It may have been the Skengman freestyles that caught everyone's ear, but it wasn't until the independent release of his debut EP—Dreamers Disease, in the summer of 2014—that the critics considered him to be a serious contender.

Last October, Stormzy took home the gong for Best Grime Act at The MOBOs, and in that same month, he also became the first unsigned rapper to appear on Later... with Jools Holland, where he performed "Not That Deep" from the Dreamers Disease project. After that, it was no wonder everyone hailed him as a 'one to watch', but no one could predict just how big it was going to get. Stormzy now carries a responsibility to uphold grime up at all times, never to be cast down into the pits of commercial hell like so many of his predecessor​s. The big question now is—can he handle the pressure? Complex went to meet the soon-to-be star to find out.