Stormzy says he was a 'hood rat' and that 'trouble was normal' growing up

Julia Hunt
Stormzy performs the headline slot on the Pyramid stage during Glastonbury Festival in 2019. (REUTERS/Henry Nicholls)

Stormzy has said he used to be a “hood rat” and appeared to admit he once robbed a pizza delivery guy and took his moped.

The grime star said trouble was the norm when he was a youngster growing up in Croydon, South London.

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Chatting to US radio presenter Charlamagne Tha God, he said: “I remember being a hood rat…. indulging in everything a young black kid in South London does.”

The music star said now he looks back on those days he realises “we were reckless and stupid”

“But at the time it was so normal,” he said.

“Trouble was normal,” he added, saying it was just a part of the lifestyle.

Stormzy performs at the Arena Stage during the Roskilde Festival 2018 in Roskilde, Denmark (Ritzau Scanpix/Olafur Steinar Gestsson via REUTERS)

“Back then no one batted an eyelid: a robbery, a stabbing, a fight in the middle of the road,” he said.

“Jumping in a cab and bumping the cab driver, ordering a pizza and robbing a pizza man and taking his ‘ped, that was so bog standard.”

Charlamagne piped up: “So you took his ‘ped?”

“His moped, yeah,” replied Stormzy.

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Stormzy has spoken out about his life in South London before stardom before.

In 2018 he told The Sunday Times he didn’t realise how shocking a stabbing was until he went to the Midlands on a course.

He said: "One day we had our hard hats off. I had a scar on my head and someone goes, ‘What happened?', I said 'Oh, I got stabbed'.

"I will never forget. I was explaining 'I got stabbed here, there, there....' They had faces of horror - and that's when it dawned on me."