Here, Stormzy pays homage to his lover Maya Jama who is an English broadcast journalist of Somali-Swedish descent. He raps about lazy Sundays spent smoking with his girl. The MC explained to The Fader:
"I was trying to make a slow jam, and this beat felt very free-spirited and lazy and nice. It sounded like Sunday. It just reminded me of being with a female and smoking bud and being mad chilled. Our generation know about being with your partner and having weed, and that being, not the basis of your relationship, but a very integral part of it. I was like, that's something I know a lot of people can relate to, I would just love to make a tune that resonates like that."
Stormzy is aided and abetted by Kehlani and an un-credited Lily Allen. He explained:
"I was like, This just needs the simplicity of a beautiful vocal. And who has a beautiful vocal? Kehlani. She's a friend of mine, and someone I'm a big fan of. Lily Allen's on the song as well, but no one knows it because we weren't allowed to credit her. But she sings the hook with me; she's the high-pitched vocal. The riddim sounds like LA, the sun shining - but it sounds so British, because of the way I'm saying the hook. And Lily has that - I love it when singers sing in British accents. I feel like our accents are so nang."
Stormzy portrays a smooth dealer in the song's music video. His love interest is played by Andrea Ali, who previously featured in Tom Odell's "Life Around Here" clip.
"It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" was inspired by a dream where Michael Stipe conjured up images of people with the initials L.B.: Lester Bangs, Leonid Breshnev, Lenny Bruce and Leonard Bernstein.