Rumblings came that the pair were going back and forth following the release of the track “Waze” from Chip’s 2020 collaboration project with Young Adz & Skepta: Insomnia. Many listeners perceived Chip’s verse to be aimed at Stormzy, particularly due to the reference of Stormzy’s epithet the ‘King of Grime’:
You ain’t been platinum, silver or gold, you ain’t even been bronze, you div (‘Low it)
You ain’t even done ten years in this ting
‘Round here we don’t hear you’re a king, man will take your throne (Yeah)
However, Chip may have instead been responding to fellow grime MC Mez, who had dissed chip in “Go” in May 2019, and “King of Grime” in February 2020. This would make sense, because Stormzy has been around for 10 years and has earned platinums, silvers, and golds, whereas Mez has not. Mez also has used the epithet ‘King of Grime’, hence the title of his diss track.
Nothing was confirmed at the time on either parts on whether or not this was a send. Regardless, Stormzy perceived it as a diss aimed at him and seemingly sent shots back at Chip through his Tion Wayne & Dutchavelli feature on “I Dunno”. He came after the sales of Insomnia and responded to the rumours of Chip’s send:
Is he sending for me? I dunno
What them boy there sell first week? I dunno (Boy, boy)
Wait, look, I thought I heard shots but the shoe don’t fit
After his verse became an attention grabber on social media the night of it’s release, Chip was trending on Twitter, in which he played it off with a rhetorical question.
On the 7th of October, mere minutes before the drop of Flowers, Chip released a video from June taken by his sister of Stormzy and three others leaving Chip’s house after trying to pull up on him. This was context on what this diss-track was going to be about.
From what the lyrics in this diss-track suggests Chip was not home and it was Chip’s brother (who is fresh from prison for a kidnapping and on license) & his sister who were at home at the time. The latter grabbing a kitchen knife to protect herself from Stormzy and his friends.
On the 15th January, 2021, Stormzy and Ghetts released the song “Skengman”, which some claimed contained some indirect lyrics aimed towards Chip:
Look, I love a real-life encounter
It’s funny on the phone you’re a shouter
This was followed very quickly by Chip’s “10 Commandments”, a third direct-diss track aimed at Stormzy, released the day after.
However, there was still no direct reply from Stormzy and on the 9th of July 2021, Stormzy and Dave released “Clash” which, again, was claimed to contain some lyrics which were indirectly aimed at Chip. Chip responded, within 24 hours, with a fourth diss track – “Clash?”. The song is produced by Zeph Ellis (also known as Dot Rotten, who had also previously released dissed tracks aimed at Stormzy in 2020.