Stormzy said he’s proud of Marcus Rashford for “standing firmly” in his campaign to reduce food poverty.
The 25-year-old British footballer has pushed low-income families to get free school meals outside of term and boosted Universal Credit rates, while helping to donate books to underprivileged children lucky.
Stormzy told BBC Breakfast on Wednesday that he would encourage Rashford to continue with his campaigns as he knows from his own career how “tough” it can be in the face of pressure from the who don’t want the stars to take a stance on issues.
The 29-year-old rapper previously created the Stormzy Scholarship for Black UK Students at Cambridge University, which covers tuition fees and a maintenance allowance.
He added: “I think, even for someone like Marcus, I’m sure he gets a lot of ‘Just shut up and kick the ball’, and I’m proud of him for what he is. he did – he stood his ground and did what he needed to do…
“He was probably confused (by the backlash)… and that’s happened to me a few times in my career, so I’m very proud of him. I (will just) encourage him to continue.”
He praised Rashford for his role on Tuesday as England beat Wales to qualify for the World Cup round of 16, and said he was also pleased with Ghana’s efforts.
Stormzy also talked about his third studio album, This Is What I Mean, which was released on Friday, and revealed that he used to feel “a bit stressed” while promoting the record.
He said, “This time, I was really proud… So there was no pressure at all.”
He added that the new album has “so much emotion, freedom and soul” that it will “touch people’s hearts”.
He said setting the record on the secluded island of Osea in Essex was a “fantastic experience”.
“I think what I’ve done is create a culture with all the musicians, like, no ego and just, let’s make good music and let’s give ideas to each other. , so yeah… and then we made this beautiful album.”
The album has been described as a “sincere” collection and explores personal themes including forgiving an absent father as well as his feelings of paranoia, depression and lack of confidence.
It comes three years after his 2019 album and is facing off against Sir Cliff Richard’s new festival record for this week’s top spot in the Official Albums Chart.
“(Sir Cliff’s) has a great Christmas song, it’s a legend,” Stormzy said.
He added: “I can proudly say, not about ego, arrogance… I know I have done what everyone deserves.”
He also joked about wearing Crocs on BBC Breakfast, compared to slippers last time he was on the show.
“(Last time) it was an accident; This time it was intentional because I had to be comfortable.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/stormzy-proud-of-marcus-rashford-for-standing-his-ground-on-campaigns-42184826.html Stormzy is proud of Marcus Rashford for standing his ground in campaigns