Stormzy Insists Knife Crime Is An Issue That Can't Be Left To Rappers To Resolve

"It’s a bigger problem than, like, a big rapper saying, 'oh kids, put the knives down'."

Stormzy has shared his views on the rising levels of knife crime in the UK, insisting it’s a problem we shouldn’t be leaving to grime stars like himself to resolve.

In England and Wales, homicides involving knives reached their highest level since records began last year, a particular problem among young people, with 1000 teenagers admitted to hospital with a knife wound in 2018.

Asked about his thoughts on the matter during an interview on KISS Breakfast, Stormzy said: “I think the knife crime conversation is a very, very, very a very big conversation.

“I grew up in the hood, but growing up where we grew up, you understand that it’s a bigger problem than, like, a big rapper saying, ‘oh kids, put the knives down’.”

Stormzy live on stage last year
Stormzy live on stage last year
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He continued: “There are so many different dynamics to the problem that need to be dealt with on a deeper level than a song… So that’s why I always try and focus my energy into the actual.”

On Friday, Stormzy debuted his first new material in two years, with the release of his single Vossi Bop.

Throughout his career, Stormzy has been known for speaking out about a number of important issues close to his heart, from the current political regime in the UK to his own struggles with his mental health.

This is the case in his new music video, in which he’s heard rapping “fuck the government and fuck Boris”, while surrounded by dancers in blond wigs holding briefcases.

A still from the Vossi Bop music video
A still from the Vossi Bop music video

Meanwhile, he also told KISS that he’ll be going into more detail about his mental health on his upcoming second album, telling presenters Tom Green and Daisy Maskell: “I’m not going to speak entirely on it now, but the album …you’ll hundred percent hear like my side of the story.

“It’s all of these weird little things that I’m learning to deal with as a man and I’m growing and that’s what this next chapter in my life is as well as delivering incredible music.”

It’s shaping up to be a big year for Stormzy, who not only has a new album on the way, but an upcoming headlining slot at Glastonbury this summer.


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