Stormzy announced his second album, Heavy Is The Head, by releasing his collaboration with Ed Sheeran and Burna Boy, Own It. However, it's not the first time the pair have worked together, with Take Me Back To London appearing on Ed's No.6 Collaborations Project, featuring the pair - and Stormzy was almost joined by another hip hop superstar. Speaking to Jonathan Ross about the song coming together, he revealed that Jay-Z wanted to hop on the track - and the conversation that followed.
"Before that, I loved Take Me Back To London because I thought it was just going to be me and Ed, then Ed was like, 'Jay is getting on it.' We got into the studio and we were writing for this song and then he just stops the music and he said, 'Tell me about London, I need some inspiration. It was the greatest conversation of my life."
However, despite his huge respect for the US rapper, he didn't feel that Jay-Z would be the right fit. "I was like, 'I know how it goes, Mr Z. You are the most brilliant, busy man and I will probably never get this opportunity ever again but hand on my heart, I don't think this is the right song for us.'...I felt proper bad because I was like, 'You're saying no to Jay-Z!' He fully understood, [but] he couldn't believe that I did it."
Check out the track below - we think that the results speak for themselves. While Jay-Z might have been a big get for the pair, we also think he might not have been the best fit (but we hope they all work together in the future).