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Big Narstie isn't just one of Britain's most exciting rappers. He is a creative powerhouse: grime pioneer, Bafta-nominated TV star, social media sensation, sometime weatherman, and unimpeachable soundbite machine.

And now, author, having this month released his part-memoir, part-motivational guide, How to Be NarstieAnd if we've learned anything from reading his book, it's that wise words run in Narstie's blood. So we sat down with the Brixton-born rapper to ask him some of life's Big Questions, from the existence of God to the reason we dream to whether cannabis should be legalised. See what he said in this exclusive video. 

  • How to Be Narstie

  • This book is for da real Gs and ladies.

    Thing is, I could tell you I’m a grime pioneer, a successful media mogul and one of Britain’s most recognised personalities, but like I always say — men lie, women lie, numbers don’t.

    So here’s some numbers. 3: that’s how many days man lasted at a posh all-boys’ school before getting kicked out. 25: my schoolteacher told me I’d be dead or in prison by that age (cheers cuz). 6: the number of awards I’ve got for my music and TV work so far. 15,000: the crowd size I was performing to ninety minutes after leaving my dad’s funeral. 144%: that’s how much The Big Narstie Show increased Channel 4’s black audience.

    Then there’s 34. That’s the age, now, where I’m gonna tell you some of my story and show you how you can change yours. I won’t tell you how to live your life. Although, well, I might a little bit: how to survive school and college, how to get a job, how to deal with family, friends, love and PAIN. How to live your own life, not someone else’s. How to be Narstie.

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