Brit Awards: Idris Elba lauds Kanye West’s “visionary” salute to Grime

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Idris Elba has spoken of Kanye West’s performance at the 2015 Brit Awards, calling it a “massive salute” to Grime and the British music industry.

“I thought it was a massive salute to the British industry,” the Luther actor told Shortlist. “Someone like Kanye – who is known worldwide for rap music – acknowledging that Britain, this little island, has really good wicked rappers just as good as him, at the Brits? That’s massive.”

Elba added: “Those rappers would probably never be at the Brits. And the likelihood that their music would ever become as internationally known as Kanye’s is also challenging.

“But with Kanye [bringing them on stage] it makes it easier. Everyone goes, ‘OK, let’s have a listen then’. It’s wicked. I give Kanye mad props for doing that. I thought it was visionary of him.”

The British actor also denied gossip that he is set to take up the role of James Bond when Daniel Craig stands aside, stating that there is “no truth to the rumours at all”.

Earlier this week, Elba revealed that his latest album mi Mandela had been scrapped by record label Parlophone because it was “not commercial enough”.

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