By Michael Benson
Stormzy has namechecked Dillian Whyte in his new single ‘Mel Made Me Do It’.
The superstar recording artist refenced a plethora of sporting stars in his new track, including the British heavyweight boxer who he previously had serious beef with.
Their feud originated from 2015 when Whyte was due to fight Anthony Joshua for the British heavyweight title.
The clash of north London’s AJ and south London’s Whyte was a heated affair and saw a tense build-up between the pair who shared ill-feeling towards one another.
In a surprise twist at the O2 Arena on fight night, Joshua recruited Stormzy – who at this point was only beginning to emerge as a mainstream artist – to rap his hit ‘Shut Up’ for the ring walk.
Despite hailing from south London, Stormzy was friendly with Joshua and so agreed to perform an adapted version of the tune.
The altered lyrics aimed at Whyte began: “Man try say he’s better than AJ? Tell my man shut up.
“Man’s spinnin’ Dillian like Beyblades. Oi rudeboy shut up. Better than AJ? Shut up.”
In the fight itself, Joshua KOd Whyte in round seven, ending a thrilling firefight which saw the pair spark a brawl with punches thrown after the bell early on.
Stormzy celebrated with Joshua in his changing room and the entire situation did not go down well with Whyte.
Whyte told iFL TV a couple of months after the fight: “Listen, if you’re from south London you know what the codes are from day one.
“If he is south, he sticks with south. You don’t side with a man from north London…
“Stormzy’s talking rubbish about, ‘Chat s*** get banged.’ You think Stormzy would say that to my face?
“You think Stormzy could tell me to shut up? Come on now.
“I’d knock him out. I’d give him the real one-bang and knock him out.
“Listen, Stormzy wouldn’t dare say shut up to my face and that’s a fact.”
The rapper hit back with a few lines at the end of his ‘One Take’ freestyle not long later.
This time, Stormzy’s final lyrics were: “I clocked it, my man’s lost it. Man held a beating, the ref should’ve stopped it. Mopped it, had one chance you flopped it.
“Threatening me won’t make you the heavyweight champ, rudeboy stop this.”
The track ended with Stormzy walking away from the camera while the commentary played from the moment Joshua KOd Whyte.
Somewhat surprisingly, Whyte did not kick off in response.
“I’m grateful he made a tune about me,” the heavyweight told Sky, “There’s nothing better than free publicity.”
“Since he did that, I’ve got a lot of Instagram and Twitter likes, more followers and more hits.
“I feel privileged someone took the time to make a song about me.
“There are famous people in this world who have never had a tune made about them or aimed at them.
“I feel privileged and I just hope he doesn’t invoice me.”
In 2018, after some time had passed, Whyte confirmed the beef had been settled.
“Me and Stormzy had our little nonsense, but fair play to Stormzy he’s doing well,” Whyte told Sky.
“You cannot hate on a man that’s doing well. That thing at the fight was part of launching his career, so it’s a business.
“At the time, I was a bit annoyed about it, but you can’t take these things personally. You have to learn to forgive and move on.
“Congratulations to him, he’s doing good, and I hope he will continue to do good.
“I cannot hate on a man for doing good and feeding his family.”
Fast forward four years to 2022 and the tables have now turned completely.
In Stormzy’s new single ‘Mel Made Me Do It’, he has namechecked Whyte in a positive light in the same line as football superstar Kylian Mbappe.
The lyric goes: “Man I got tec’s like I’m Kylian, punch like I’m Dillian.”
All’s well that ends well, as the two south Londoners are seemingly now on good terms.