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Stormzy: “We know racism exists, you have to take action”

OPENING UP: Stormzy

STORMZY HAS opened up about his experiences with racism in his new book.

The rapper's autobiography Rise Up: The #Merky Story So Far is set to be released this month, and in an excerpt obtained by GQ the Croydon-raised MC discusses the prejudice he's faced throughout his youth and career.

“I’ve had to deal with racism for a long time. I can’t control who listens to my music. I’ve had racist lads commenting from time to time. I’m going to get the problematic parody videos. I’m going to get the neeky renditions, or the neeky politicians or television personalities standing up and using my words,” he writes in Rise Up: The #Merky Story So Far.

“People are entitled to their opinions, of course. People can take what I say and claim it in some way, and I can call shit out, but I can’t control how my words are used, or what people take from my music. There are some serious issues here, but I think that what I’m doing is so new, it’s going to take a bit of time for the general public to get used to it.”

He continues: “We know that racism exists. It’s getting better, maybe, but it still exists. We know that we have to work twice as hard to get anywhere. So when one of us succeeds, we have a responsibility. I’m not trying to be that corny don. I’m not on some presidential shit. I just know that no one is going to help my little brother. You can talk about things, but you have to take action.”

In the book, Stormzy - real name Michael Ebenazer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr - also writes about how he felt a responsibility to call out the government over the Grenfell Tower tragedy, and how a prank gone wrong jeopardised his hopes of attending university.

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