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Music keeps us off the streets, say young rappers

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 16, 2013

Members of the band Roadrunnerz, who say their music has stopped them becoming involved in crime

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A group of teenagers from Camborne have turned their backs on street crime to seek a worldwide audience for their music.

Roadrunnerz are now putting their recordings on YouTube following an EU- funded project at The Elms, headquarters for Cornwall Neighbourhood for Change (CN4C) in Redruth.

Anicka Dyer, youth and community development manager at the organisation, which promotes regeneration in the area, said the foursome known as Trigz, LZ, Twisted and Grizzly had started attending Music for Youth sessions and were found to have an amazing sound.

"The Roadrunnerz came in one day and asked if they could do their 'spittings' at the Elms," she said.

"We found out it was a kind of rapping.

"They produced an amazing set of music which they took away and they have now organised a music festival in Redruth and are posting their music on YouTube."

Roadrunnerz member LZ, also known as Ziggy Williams, said support for their band kept them from getting into trouble with the law.

"CN4C helped us to get off the streets from doing our illegal stuff to putting our time and effort into something more productive," he said.

"We wanted to show people that not all youths should be stereotyped like yobs and that with all the support we are now able to aim higher towards success and being off the streets."

Mark Yeoman, head of communication at ESF Convergence, which supports the project, said: "The success of our economy depends on realising the strengths and talents of our entire workforce – our young people will play a vital part in all our futures."

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