Remembering Stormin: Seven 2018 releases dedicated to the much-loved MC

Seeing double: Teddy Bruckshot actor Louie Rankin (left) poses for a photo with Stormin (right). Source: @storminmc on Instagram, January 2018.

As 2018 draws to a close, it's a good time to reflect on those no longer with us. On 19 February, the world tragically lost 34-year-old East London lyricist Stormin after a two-year battle with skin cancer. The N.A.S.T.Y Crew MC had remained undeterred by his diagnosis up until the very end, inspiring thousands with his passionate performances at raves and in the studio – both as Stormin and under the anonymous, masked persona of Teddy Bruckshot. His last single, "Money Gram", was released just two weeks before his passing.

Stormin's music touched the lives of many, and over the course of the year, the music released by his peers has continued to cement the enormity of his legacy. Read on to hear seven records dedicated to Shaun Lewis – both posthumous releases from the man himself, and songs released by others in homage to a true grime legend.

1. Stormin - "Wot We Do" (prod. Scratcha DVA)

First to pay their respects in musical form was acclaimed multi-genre producer Scratcha DVA, who shared an unfinished collaboration between the two of them entitled "Wot We Do" on the day of Stormin's death. The track sees the Plaistow lyricist deliver a powerful message about his sincerity and authenticity over DVA's silky and nostalgic R&G production. It's available for free download below:



2. Novelist - "Let It Go (Remix)"

On 25 February, young Lewisham MC/producer Novelist released a remix of Jammer, Wiley and Biggaman's old instrumental "Pick N Mix"—a cult classic first heard during Stormin's N.A.S.T.Y Crew heyday—for free download via his SoundCloud. It's since been taken down, but can be streamed in full below. On the intro, Nov samples a vintage radio rip of Stormin lacing the original beat.




3. SaSaSaS - Nocturnal Insomniacs EP

MCing over jump-up drum and bass was one of many strings to Stormin's bow, and he'll be known to many junglists as a founding member of supergroup SaSaSaS (short for Skibadee and Shabba Dee and Harry Shotta and Stormin) alongside producers Macky Gee and Phantasy. The crew released their rowdy debut EP, Nocturnal Insomniacs, on 30 March. Stormin features on the lead single and title track—also starring in the song's innovative 360 degree music video—as well as appearing posthumously on "Transition (Full Vocal VIP)" and "Skip to Da Beat".




4. iNFAMOUS DiMEZ - "Snowball" (feat. Grim Sickers & Rival)

Over a melancholy, violin-based instrumental from Birmingham producer iNFAMOUS DiMEZ, Swindon star Grim Sickers paid tribute to Stormin in a spirited lyric in March: "Brandy, whisky, vodka, Wray, Maggie and a one shot / Champagne in the dance, RIP Teddy Bruckshot".




5. Newbaan - "Badder Than Them" (prod. Sir Spyro)

In April, Jamaican grime artist and Boy Better Know affiliate Newbaan took to Sir Spyro's iconic "Topper Top" instrumental to spray his own patois-tinged version of the song, dedicated to Teddy Bruckshot. The track remains a dubplate, but was uploaded to NoHatsNoHoods' SoundCloud:




6. N.A.S.T.Y Crew - "Passing Away" (prod. Jammer)

June 2018 saw Jammer release a long-lost N.A.S.T.Y Crew cut, retitled "Passing Away" and dedicated to Stormin, through a WeTransfer link on Twitter. This rare slice of grime history was recorded in Jazzie B's Soul 2 Soul studios, and sees original crew members Sharky Major, Kano, and D Double E vocal an oriental-sounding Jammer riddim. Listen below:



7. Monster Florence - "Hot Sauce"

Hip hop group Monster Florence, the polished, six-piece brainchild of former Essex rap collective Regime, released their sophomore album, Foul, on 7 September. On the ethereal "Hot Sauce", the group's three rappers—Alex Osiris, Dream Mclean, and Wallace Rice—deploy some tightly knit rhymes. Rice references a N.A.S.T.Y Crew classic in his lyrics, spitting: "RIP Stormin / Girls love nasty like it's Nas performing".


Long live Stormin.