Stormzy calls up 35 famous friends including Usain Bolt and Louis Theroux for Mel Made Me Do It video


Stormzy enlists 35 famous friends, including Usain Bolt and Louis Theroux, to appear in the 11-minute music video for his new track Mel Made Me Do It

Stormzy has enlisted his famous friends to star in the video for his new single Mel Made Me Do It.

The 29-year-old rapper has enlisted the help of 35 of his celebrity friends, with plenty of recognizable names taking part in the promotion, including cameos from the likes of Jose Mourinho, Usain Bolt and Louis Theroux.

The rap superstar makes his big return to music nearly three years after his last solo appearance, and features a touching monologue written by Wretch 32 and voiced by actress Michaela Coel, as well as a verse from Stylo G.

All stars: Stormzy has called on his famous friends to star in the video for his new single Mel Made Me Do It

All stars: Stormzy has called on his famous friends to star in the video for his new single Mel Made Me Do It

It was released alongside an 11-minute music video featuring the famous faces.

Olympic hero Usain Bolt stars in the promotion alongside documentary filmmaker LouisTheroux, as well as fellow British rappers Dave, Headie One, Little Simz and writer Malorie Blackman.

Football manager Jose Mourinho, actress Michaela Coel, runner Dina Asher-Smith, comedian and TV presenter Jonathan Ross and writer Mallory Blackman also appear.

Celebrity friends: The 29-year-old rapper (centre) has enlisted the help of 35 of his friends, with plenty of recognizable names involved in the promotion, including a cameo from Louis Theroux (left)

Celebrity friends: The 29-year-old rapper (centre) has enlisted the help of 35 of his friends, with plenty of recognizable names involved in the promotion, including a cameo from Louis Theroux (left)

Sports legend: Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt also appears in the video for the song, which was released this week

Sports legend: Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt also appears in the video for the song, which was released this week

Elsewhere, ex-footballer Ian Wright, DJ Trevor Nelson, singer Gabrielle and Soul II founder Soul Jazzie B feature.

There’s also a tribute to the late Jamal Edwards, as his mother, Loose Women panelist Brenda Edwards, makes an appearance.

The monologue nods to influential black ‘giants’ including football legend Ian Wright, with Coel heard saying: ‘Today we’re talking about foundation. Many great black influential giants have touched people, soul to soul, over many generations.

Big names: Football manager Jose Mourinho (front right) appears in the video which marks Stormzy's big return to music almost three years after his last solo effort

Big names: Football manager Jose Mourinho (front right) appears in the video which marks Stormzy’s big return to music almost three years after his last solo effort

Talent: Comedian and chat show host Jonathan Ross appeared in a purple suit which he wore with an animal print top

Talent: Comedian and chat show host Jonathan Ross appeared in a purple suit which he wore with an animal print top

Making music: Singer Gabrialle is one of many stars to appear in Stormzy's long-awaited new song video

Making music: Singer Gabrialle is one of many stars to appear in Stormzy’s long-awaited new song video

Music Story: Soul II Soul founder and producer Jazzie B also stars in Stormzy's new video

Music Story: Soul II Soul founder and producer Jazzie B also stars in Stormzy’s new video

Fame game writer Malorie Blackman (right) appears alongside runner Dina Usher-Smith in the promo

Fame game writer Malorie Blackman (right) appears alongside runner Dina Usher-Smith in the promo

Center stage: Headie One appears in the video, which features a monologue that pays moving tribute to influential black 'giants'

Center stage: Headie One appears in the video, which features a monologue that pays moving tribute to influential black ‘giants’

“Greatness” often comes to mind, but footballing legends who created Ian Wright’s greatness come to mind. Our DNA gives us strength.

“We can make a song and dance out of anything. Our genes are enriched – there seems to be no seam in our fabric…”

The single is believed to be the first offering from Stormzy’s highly-anticipated third album, which he previously announced would be out by the end of 2022.

Touching: There's also a tribute to the late Jamal Edwards as his mother, Loose Women panelist Brenda Edwards, makes an appearance

Touching: There’s also a tribute to the late Jamal Edwards as his mother, Loose Women panelist Brenda Edwards, makes an appearance

New work: The single is believed to be the first offering from Stormzy's long-awaited third album, which he previously announced would be out by the end of 2022.

New work: The single is believed to be the first offering from Stormzy’s long-awaited third album, which he previously announced would be out by the end of 2022.

As he kicked off his UK and Ireland tour in March, Stormzy excited fans by sharing footage that appeared to show him recording new music and added a message that a new album was on the way.

The message that appeared at the concerts read: “Album 3. Expect 2022.”

No further details of the record have been released.

New material: As he kicked off his UK and Ireland tour in March, Stormzy excited fans by sharing footage which appeared to show him recording new music

New material: As he kicked off his UK and Ireland tour in March, Stormzy excited fans by sharing footage which appeared to show him recording new music

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