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Ed Sheeran Continues to Try with the Stormzy Remix of 'Shape of You,' Twitter Responds

Ed Sheeran tried his hand at afrobeats with his single "Shape of You." Not everyone's feeling it.

I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a fan of Ed Sheeran, I find his unkempt swagger to be quite charming and I think the man has soul.


I'm so unabashed in my affinity for Ed Sheeran that, although I can admit that he's slightly out of his musical lane with his latest song "Shape of You," I still think it's a jam.

His afro-dancehall-isnpired single has been met with mixed reviews, but that hasn't stopped him from pushing it a step further with a new remix of the song featuring Ghanaian grime artist Stormzy, just a few days after the two performed the song at the BRITs.

It doesn't do much in the way of actually "remixing" the song, it still pretty much sounds like an afrobeats song made by a white person, except with Stormzy's voice towards the end. But, as I mentioned earlier, I actually enjoy the tune, so I'm not complaining.

Some folks on Twitter, however, have different thoughts on the matter.

The song was originally intended for Rihanna, which may explain its afro-Carribean feel, but Sheeran decided to record it himself after she turned it down. Should he have just counted it as a loss and let the song go? Listen below and decide for yourself.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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