Chart topping grime artist, Stormzy, has started publicly shaming NME about their decision to run a cover story on depression, using his image despite not having permission.
The front page of the magazine this week features the headline “DEPRESSION: IT’S TIME TO TALK” blasted across Stormzy’s chest. However, Stormzy claims that he never spoke to NME about the matter and that the quotes used are in fact from a different interview.
In a series of tweets, the artist dubbed NME as “sly PAIGONS” and said that they made this move because he has consistently declined their offers of a cover shot, and that they made this neglectful move in order to get him on the cover and shift issues.
However, NME’s Editor in chief, Mike Williams, responded saying that “We were inspired by your words and wanted to use them as a springboard to talk about depression and how it shouldn’t be taboo.”
Despite this, I think that we all know depression is a sensitive and important issue, as Stormzy was first to say, and that it needs more discussion. Well done NME for that. However, you’d think you would inform the face of your magazine that week what’s going on. Right?
— #GSAP (@Stormzy1) March 16, 2017