The grime star told BBC News that he has so far not “grabbed the mic” but has participated in protests, admitting that he “doesn’t have any answers”.
“One thing I really want this movement to do is show what it means to be black,” he explained. “You hear so much rhetoric, you know, ‘All lives matter – why do black lives matter more?’ And it’s like, bruv, do you not understand?
“If we weren’t oppressed, we wouldn’t be shouting. We would just be living our lives. I want you to understand that we are not just crying or just shouting. This is a real pain, this ain’t some sort of trend, this is real life and this has been our reality for hundreds and thousands of years.”
Stormzy made the comments while surprising a 15-year-old Croydon boy after helping redecorate his bedroom. The rapper returned to the area in which he grew up to join forces with The Good Guys, a decorating company that transforms the bedrooms of young people for free.
In June, Stormzy pledged to donate £10m over the next decade to organisations, charities and movements tackling racial inequality, justice reform and black empowerment in the UK.