Source: Matt Crossick/PA Wire
STORMZY HAS HIT BACK at the Daily Mail on Twitter for claiming that grime music is ‘product placement’ for cannabis.
Source: Matt Crossick
In an article published yesterday, the paper interviewed a researcher at York University who warned that the genre is contributing to the rise of skunk, a strain of the drug:
It’s essentially product placement by some of these artists about cannabis and other drugs, and it’s not balanced in any way and not countered by evidence.
(Imagine if rap lyrics, or just lyrics in general, were “balanced in any way and countered by evidence”? Every song would be an hour long. )
The researcher also says that because cannabis is often used with tobacco, grime music is encouraging people to smoke, too:
Grime music acts as a gateway to tobacco exposure inadvertently, for many young people it will be an appealing introduction, or a curiosity they may act on.
The article singles out Stormzy in particular, going through several of his songs to ‘reveal’ the references to cannabis within.
He pointed out that white musicians have been writing songs about their drug use for a very long time:
White rockstars (and pop stars) have been sniffing coke and taking MDMA and singing about it since the beginning of music just admit you’re anti-black and f**k off you tramps
He’s being backed up by fans and famous faces alike, who want to introduce the Mail to The Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
Has a moral panic been averted this time? Perhaps. Close one, though.