Rapper Big Narstie has said he could have ended up in jail if he hadn’t found God.
The 33-year-old, from Brixton, South London, said he did not think he would become a famous rapper and could have been “another statistic”.
Discussing how he found his faith, he told Radio Times magazine: “I would say it was God blessing my life, and giving me the opportunity to do everything I’m doing.
“At 18, I could have not been here.
“I could have been another statistic.
“All the odds were in favour of my just going to prison at that age.
“I had no visions of being a superstar.”
Narstie, who is now an established grime star, said there was a time when he struggled to afford bread and thought about giving up music many occasions.
He said: “When it just wasn’t working, my mum pushed me and drove me,.
“There were times when I couldn’t even buy a loaf of bread.”
The star is also known for The Big Narstie Show, which he said was a little different to what he was used to when he got started.
He added: “My first problem about doing The Big Narstie Show was just adjusting to TV rules.
“At first, it started to piss me off, but after I got the adjustments and the rules, I started to enjoy it.
“I’m fortunate, though. Channel 4 know I’m messed up. But they’ve got a soft spot for me.”
This week’s Radio Times is out on Tuesday.