UK Hip Hop sensation Stormzy joined protestors at the Black Lives Matter demonstration in London on Sunday.
Stormzy, 26, attended the protest in the capital’s Parliament Square along with thousands of others in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Although keeping a low profile, Stormzy listened as protesters spoke about the struggle for equality and need for unity.
The Own It rapper wasn’t the only celebrity to step out of isolation for the protest. Madonna, Anthony Joshua and actor John Boyega all showed their support at the Black Lives Matter demonstrations in London.
Pictured wearing a black vest and baseball cap as well as a face mask, Stormzy surprised fans in attendance. A source close to the rapper said that he was there “To peacefully support a positive movement.” In the past, Stormzy has been extremely vocal about his stance on racism, particularly within the UK. In February, he spoke on historic articles that the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, wrote about the Black community. He said; “If that is our figurehead, the top man, the leader we have to follow and he openly says these things, he encourages hate.”
Hip Hop Stands Unite Against Racism
As a result of the tragic death of George Floyd’s, we’re witnessing a stand against racism and police brutality. The Hip Hop community has certainly pulled together, with Stormzy not being the only artist to stand up in this movement. In Chicago, Kanye West briefly took to the streets to show solidarity in this worldwide fight. Most noteworthy, he personally made contributions to the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. Furthermore, J Cole hit the streets of North Carolina wearing a shirt with Tupac Shakur on the front.
Back to the UK, to the Northern City of Manchester, thousands marched peacefully as mirrored throughout. When the protest finally ended, all the signs were placed at a mural of George Floyd which was completed by graffiti artist Akse. Proving that the genre of Hip Hop stands as one against racism, one of the signs stood out. Referencing Tupac’s 1998 song, ‘Changes’ and Martin Luther King’s 1963 speech, the sign lay in front of the mural. It read; “It’s time for the changes 2Pac sang about & Martin L King dreamt about.”