It must be good to be king. Or if you鈥檙e a king, you would probably think that it鈥檚 good to be Stormzy , writes Joseph Viney .

The Croydon-born MC has waged a war against mediocrity, against settling for second best, against settling for simply the hype at face value and has taken not just the UK but the world at large by storm.

His debut LP ?Gang Signs & Prayer ?scaled the top of the charts more quickly than this long UK tour sold out most of its shows.

If the teeming crowd at Liverpool鈥檚 O2 Academy is any indication the people love Stormzy as much as he loves them.

On the first mainland leg of his crowing UK tour after conquering Belfast two nights prior, Stormzy didn鈥檛 even need to say a word a drop a beat to get a rabid audience begging for his presence; all in attendance were a shuffling, sweating mass covering the gamut of the social spectrum.

The dark confines of the O2 Academy ?normally of sticky floor and moist walls ?soon lit up like a digital carnival. Almost everyone had reached for their phones to snap shots, take film and to simply add some more razzle dazzle to the mix as best they could.

Dropping hits like First Things First and Cold into the mix early on, Stormzy made sure he reciprocated the wildness, love and adoration that stood before him.

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Sporting a simple white t-shirt, jeans and trainers, Stormzy certainly lets the music do the talking for him; eschewing flashy togs and visual trickery for nothing simpler than quality songs.

From Velvet, to Cigarettes & Cush to the two separate readings of Blinded By Your Grace, Stormzy鈥檚 musical soul is loud, bombastic, trippy and replete with verbal dexterity that shows a man wise beyond his years.

Even the oldest tricks in the book worked a charm.

Having just the girls scream to make their presence known followed by 鈥溾nd now the boys!?and their deep-throated battle cry is a crowd management trick perhaps older than time itself, but it never fails to work. Liverpool responded in kind; the girls testing the integrity of the venue鈥檚 glass before the boys did their best to rupture the foundations of the old, narrow and winding building.

It鈥檚 all about give and take, particularly for an artist like Stormzy. Where some might see just him and an accompanying MC on stage ?with no backing players or indeed anyone else ?and detect a vulnerability or weakness in his armour, others may see the opposite and note a young artist with nothing to lose baring his art and soul on the stage.

You imagine Stormzy loves the challenge, loves proving doubters wrong and enjoys nothing more than heading out on stage ?alone, exposed, cornered almost ?and sticking those words right back where they came from.

You don鈥檛 need a weather forecast to know when this storm is coming. And if you don鈥檛 believe me, just check out social media and see for yourselves.