When I was growing up in Manchester the British flag, the union jack, was linked with skinheads and racism. And always - and probably still now - makes me shudder. So I felt that in order to represent who I am and what my descent is - African descent - and also growing up in Britain, holding a British passport and speaking and thinking in the way I do.
It felt important to have a flag that would in some ways unify people of my type - black and British in this country - with a flag that would make us feel proud of our heritage and would speak more about who we are and where we're from.
In some ways Black British has almost become like a trend, it's like a new thing. I'm repping England, I'm repping my estate, I'm repping where I'm from ... obviously I'm going to be influenced by Jay-Z, but the way I'm dropping it is I come from Stonebridge or from Stokie or from Stratford or any of those kind of places. This generation is quite proud of the fact that they're from England and they're not having dreams and aspirations of making it big and then escaping across the pond. They're quite happy to be here and stay on the estate and be the man.