Video Review: Stormzy “Vossi Bop”

Stormzy rubs his hands together as he stands on the Westminster Bridge and walks.

He stands in front of the Bank of England. A group of 10-year-old boys dance in a circle around him.  A second group of men carrying suitcase, stoop as they walk towards him. They drop their suitcases.

In a parking lot, the second group of men fall to floor. Cars drive around and Stormzy slides onto the hood of one as it passes by him. At night, the twentysomething men park their cars and hit them with baseball bats.

Stormzy, wearing a suit, washes his hands in the bathroom. A row of twentysomething men look into the mirror or fix their hair while next to him.

Against a black background, a group of men dance. Stormzy and a young man stand together, wearing matching suits and nodding their heads. A 10-year-old boy stands in the center of a few of the twentysomething men. One of the twentysomething men toss him.

Back in the parking lot, the group of 10-year-old boys ride their bicycles. At night, they sit on a park bench, a dumpster and a car. A few of the twentysomething men follow him as he walks. Stormzy walks into a warehouse and stands by the group of twentysomething men and the 10-year-old boys.

In the parking lot, several rows of 10-year-old boys and twentysomething men dance.

Rating: 4/5

Stormzy sits on a bench in the park and watches a group of 10-year-old boys joke around with one another. They chase each other around on the sidewalk. One of the ten-year-old boys excuses himself after bumping into him. He says that’s it okay. He was one of those boys once. A young woman glares at the the 10-year-old boy. A thirtysomething woman walks over to the group and tells them to keep it down. They apologize and sit together.

As he eavesdrops on their conversations, one of the 10-year-old talks about his mom and asks if he can come over. The other boy tells him it’s okay. A third 10-year-old boy sulks in the corner. They walk over to him and ask him what’s wrong. He was like them once. However, he and his friends usually hung out at the field. They played soccer until it was time to go home. One of his friend’s moms would invite them over to dinner during the weekend. Most of friends’ parents made him promise to keep in contact once he became famous.

However, as he stands in line at the Bank of America, he sees men his age, talking with the teller. One twentysomething man demands to have his banknote exchanged. The teller explains she can’t do it. He walks out in a huff. He thinks he recognizes one of his old friends from school. He almost taps him on the shoulder and then stops himself. Some of his friends have passed away. Others have moved to different parts of Europe for jobs. At the grocery store or clothes shopping, he looks for them. He wanted to keep his promise.

Director: Henry Scholfield Year: 2019

Pam Avoledo Administrator
Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her poetry has been published in the White Wall Review and 45 Magazine.

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