‘I was in the middle of a fruitless search for a black northern monologue to take back to drama school, and for once I had time to spare before my train arrived. My mind started wandering and I took out my rap pen and pad and started to write.’
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‘What I and most modern-day rappers have taken from The God MC is that multi-syllable rhymes are one of the true measures of talent.’
‘I write to tell the racists that I am black, and I am Britain. But I write because the world ain’t black and white; because I am black, and I am light.’