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This House Believes Stormzy Is More Relevant Than Boris

From Tupac to Dave, rap music has amplified the voices of disadvantaged groups on an unprecedented scale. Having embedded itself into the popular culture of society, rap music has made people feel not just heard, but seen, in a way they weren’t before. In recent years creativity has acted as a medium to challenge the status quo. Equally, politicians have a significant role in advocating the interests of their constituents in Parliament through debates and Select Committees. Whilst 8.4 million people listened to Stormzy’s Spotify each month, it is still Whitehall and the political establishment that legislate on real-world issues – from roads and schools, to taxes and civil liberties. Nonetheless, whilst they may not have a seat in the House of Commons or a mandate from the ballot box, is the implicit influence of a cultural icon more relevant than that of our politicians? Ultimately, is Stormzy more relevant than Boris Johnson?


Kenny Allstar

British DJ, radio presenter, and self-proclaimed ‘voice of the streets’. He has featured on BBC Radio 1Xtra, Capital Xtra and the DJ Charlsey show. In 2018, he released a collaborative album ‘Block Diaries’, with input from over 30 musicians.

Jasmine Dotiwala

Broadcaster, presenter and columnist, she has worked with MTV, Netflix and BBC Radio London. Dotiwala has interviewed artists including Jay-Z and Eminem, and in January she hosted the first ever Digital Culture Awards for Arts Council England.

DJ Target

British DJ, radio personality and broadcaster. He is a founding member of formative grime crew Roll Deep, and served as a five-nights-a-week BBC Radio 1Xtra presenter during 2018-2021. In 2021 he fronted a series on BBC Three titled ‘Tonight with Target’, a show aimed at championing grime, hip-hop, and R&B from the UK.


Jonathan Illan

Senior Lecturer in criminology at the University of London. He has studied UK rap, grime, and drill from an ethnographical standpoint and has published work on the criminalisation of drill music.

Inaya Iman

Writer, broadcaster and campaigner. She is the creator and host of ‘The Discussion’ on GB News and is the Founder and Director of ‘The Equiano Project’, a forum to promote open dialogue on the subjects of race, identity, and culture.

Sheldon Thomas

Chief Executive of the ‘Gangsline Foundation Trust’, a non-profit organisation established to assist young people involved in gang culture. He founded the Trust having been in a gang in his past, and has advised Scotland Yard, the Home Office, and Theresa May.

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