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Stormzy Pulled Out of the Snowbombing Festival Because of Alleged Racial Profiling

The rapper cancelled his appearance just hours before he was due to perform.

Yesterday, Stormzy was set to perform at the Austrian Snowbombing Festival but cancelled his performance a few hours prior to taking to the stage according to IOL. The reason for this, the rapper cited, was because his manager and friends were searched by security who said they believed that one of the people in Stormy's entourage had a weapon.


Stormzy took to social media to explain why he had pulled out of the festival. He said, "My manager and all my friends who were at the festival were racially profiled, targeted, and aggressively handled because they had "reason to believe someone was carrying a weapon."

He went on to express his sincere apologies for his fans who had spent their money on tickets and traveled all the way to support him.

The rapper added that, "So please hear me out, I too would be fuming if I traveled and spent money to go and watch an artist and they pull out last minute. However if these are the drastic steps that I need to take to make a point against racism and racial profiling then trust me I'm taking it."

Stormzy also accused of the festival organizers of not attending to the matter urgently. However, they later released a statement saying:

"Snowbombing would like to wholeheartedly apologize to Stormzy's team. We are doing everything we can to understand the full situation and are treating this with the utmost seriousness to ensure this does not happen again."

What is ambiguous, however, is what the festival organizers mean by ensuring that "this does not happen again". Are they referring to the way in which they searched Stormzy's team (despite none of his entourage fitting the description of the alleged "weapon carrier") or that they won't be so blatant in their racial profiling the next time?



Photos by David Pattinson.

First Look: This New Collection from Art Comes First Is Peak Black Yeehaw Aesthetic

The design and brand consultant duo previews the SS20 collection displayed during their residency at The Mandrake Hotel in Paris.

Following their wavy Surf Afrika collection, Art Comes First (ACF) shares with us a preview of their SS20 collection that is all things Black Yeehaw Aesthetic.

Dubbed El Charro Negro, the collection features neutral colors and an array of textures—from leather, embroidery, fringed denim and ponchos, to vests, suede jackets and straight flyness.

Sam Lambert and Shaka Maidoh of ACF are known as the "Travelling Tailors" where their ventures around the world influence their designs. This time the nomads, who hail from the West Indies, Ghana and Angola respectively, have landed in Paris.

Earlier this month, ACF curated a week-long event-filled residency at The Mandrake Hotel in Paris that encapsulates their ethos of taking cultural influence from around the world and only staying still long enough to create. There, Lambert and Maidoh presented an installation, live musical performances and DJ sets, a film screening and a pop-up shop leading up to Fashion Week. The residency also showcased the duo's latest collaboration with London mainstay Fred Perry.

El Charro Negro will still be showcased in Paris at another location from June 18 to 23. Keep up with ACF on Instagram to stay tuned for details.

Check out our favorite images from the collection below.

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Nonso Amadi & Kwesi Arthur's 'Comfortable' Will Get You In Weekend Mode

Watch the trippy new music video for this link-up from the buzzing Nigerian and Ghanaian artists.

Nonso Amadi is one of the standout acts from a young wave of Nigerian musicians blending afro-fusion with RnB and much more. He's now dropping the brand new single "Comfortable," an addictive self-produced track that sees him linking up with bubbling Ghanaian act Kwesi Arthur, which we're premiering below today.

"Comfortable" is built on woozy synth keys and sparse beat work, all spearheaded by Nonso Amadi's vocals about wanting freedom in a relationship.

"The song is inspired by experiences with having a girl over and not wanting them to get too comfortable by staying too long with you," says Nonso Amadi. "I thought it'll be interesting to create a song around this 'cos it's not a perspective were used to hearing from guys very often."

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Maleek Berry Makes a Statement with His First Track of the Year, 'Flashy'

And the music video follows suit.

After months of anticipation, Maleek Berry finally dropped his first track of the year, "Flashy."

The Nigerian crooner-producer surely makes a statement on the track while flexing his rapping skills, as he chronicles how he leveled up to be flashy—and it's well-deserved. The video shows us a scene of a fly photo shoot that's underway, where Maleek is dripping in gold and fancy cars surrounded by stunning black women and his homies—Eugy, Tinie Tempah, Juls and more.

Watch the video, directed by Capone and Guise of Vissionaire Pictures, below.

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