A YOUNG DJ and rapper is stepping up to try to stop violence between young people.
Matt Stevens, who is known as Blessed MC, says the charity Music Fusion, based in Havant, gave him the confidence, encouragement and tools needed to knuckle down and find focus.
The 18-year-old, from Leigh Park, had moved from school to school because of behaviour problems and it wasn’t until Jinx Prowse, the chief executive of Music Fusion, who helped him believe in himself that he found his feet in life. Together they have embarked on an ambitious project to try and stop the antagonism between a group of young rappers in the area who were threatening each other through their music and which was escalating into violence.
To overcome this they asked all those involved to collaborate on an album called Words Not Weapons which was so successful they became friends and went on to perform gigs together.
Matt, who has a radio show on Express FM, wants to do a second album to keep the anti-violence message going but Music Fusion can not pay for it.
So he is holding a fundraising gig at the Wedgewood Rooms, in Southsea, to help finance the album himself. He said: ‘I’m proof Music Fusion can change lives. This campaign is amazing and deserves more credit and can change lives through a simple thing, music.’ The gig is on July 19. Go to twitter.com/blessedofficial.