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Goldie releases video on Government cuts to youth and art services

Walsall-born DJ Goldie has released a video talking about Government cuts to youth and art services.

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Goldie in the video

He starts by saying that "Government cuts to youth and art services, I know I have a great idea - why don't we get an accident, run over a kid, we'll have his head pouring with blood and paramedics will come and say 'I know, we'll let him bleed to death'".

WARNING. This video contains strong language that some viewers may find offensive:

He goes on to say that he met with the mayor of London Sadiq Khan to talk about his plan for youth and arts services, calling it his "evil plan".

Goldie describes the people dealing with these plans as "cotton-covered" and people who had "forgotten they were young" and "we're not brought up around street culture" and thus did not understand the importance of youth and art services.

He believes that there should be "more areas for parkour, more areas for people to paint graffiti, more areas for open opera, more areas for black people to do theatre, more areas for a youth carnival that doesn't get associated with one hundred kilos of heroin" in relation to this years Notting Hill Carnival being linked to a drugs raid in the area.

Goldie questions where the arts programmes are for people who do not got to private school, and suggests that the lack of programmes is down to people being "scared" of people associated with the streets.

He says that "I think the establishment wants to make us think that it is a lesser thing, that it's a lesser form of education" and then goes on to list the Louvre, the Sistine Chapel and the pyramids as "beautiful pieces of art" and to imagine if they were erased.

He summarises the video by encouraging people to embrace art, "put technology down" and says that "he doesn't know where he would be without music".

Goldie was recently immortalised through an artistic mural in Birmingham ahead of this year's MADE Festival.

Goldie spoke of his pride after becoming the first artist to get a place on the MADE wall of fame and has called the artwork ‘a killer piece’.

He said: “I feel quite honoured with these guys rolling out this killer piece; it's still the one true remaining art form that's very close to my heart.

“You can download music, but you cannot download art, you have got to see it in the flesh and how it affects you."