Celebrity / 17-01-2020

Stormzy says he once mugged a pizza driver and stole his moped in 'hood rat' days

Stormzy has spoken out about being 'reckless and stupid' in his formative years in south London and how he once mugged a pizza driver

Stormzy has recalled his tough upbringing in south London and how he was a "hood rat" growing up, getting involved in criminal activities.

The 26-year-old grime star said that he once mugged a pizza driver and then stole his moped, admitting that he was a "hood rat" growing up in Croydon.

Stormzy is currently riding high at the top of both the single and album charts but he admitted that it used to be "bog standard" to be involved in fighting and robberies.

Speaking to US radio presenter Charlamagne Tha God, Stormzy said: "No-one batted an eyelid. A robbery, a stabbing, a fight in the middle of the road, jumping in the cab and bumping the cab driver, ordering pizza and f***ing robbing the pizzaman and taking his 'ped (moped).

"That is so bog standard."

Stormzy says he once mugged a pizza driver and stole his moped in 'hood rat' days

Stormzy has spoken about his upbringing

He then added: "I just remember being a hood rat."

However, Stormzy also admitted that he and his friends were "reckless and stupid".

Stormzy is currently sitting on top of the UK album charts thanks to his second effort Heavy Is The Head while Own It, his song with Ed Sheeran and Burna Boy, is the country's number one single.

Despite Heavy Is The Head's success, Stormzy, who last year became the first black solo British headliner at Glastonbury, said it has not "crowned" him.

"I can't give a chart position that much power over who I am," he said.

But he did describe number ones as a "universal language" that would bring him greater recognition beyond the UK.

Stormzy added: "In terms of the crown, I don't think it solidified it.

Stormzy said that 'robberies and stabbings' were part of life when he was growing up

"I'd like to think it's deeper. The crown I wear and burdens I carry, I like to think it's deeper than that, (than) any sort of number or any sort of stats."

In a lengthy interview, Stormzy also discussed his wider place in British culture, describing himself as a "figurehead" and "ambassador" for black culture.

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17-01-2020 03:15, source: irishmirror, by James Foster
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