UK Grime Emcee, Bugzy Malone, has revealed how his music video released in August has helped reunite a family.
Speaking in an interview with BBC 1Xtra’s DJ Target, the grime rapper explained how the homeless characters featured on his clip were sourced, confirming that they were not actors.
“We went out and got proper homeless people. We had a chance to chat to them and give them a little something, e got proper people off the streets of Manchester in there,” Bugzy Malone said.
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He stood up smiling, picked up his bags and and said “I’m going to go and book myself into a warm hostel for the night” and I swear the feeling was better than when I picked up my Lambo. Life might get you down, just do your best not to stay there for to long. My guy was special regardless of his circumstances, you never know what people have been through. Good to meet you my brother. 🖤❤️ . . . . Credit: @riadarianemedia
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Bugzy, 27, then went on to say that shortly after the video was released, his management team received a message from a lady who recognised one of the men in it.
“We got an email off a mum of one of the guys, the guy had been missing for six months, to a year, He was on the missing list. And when she’s seen him in my music video, it made her go out and find him.”
Malone told Target that being a channel to help reunite the man and his family was of the proudest moments of his career as he learned that the man had previously tried to take his own life.
“Long story short, he tried to commit suicide and that kind of thing, now he’s back with his family,” said Bugzy Malone.
The Manchester-born rapper also seemed to suggest he’d spoken to the man since shooting the video.
“He said when he was in his hospital bed after trying to commit suicide she [his mum] showed him my Instagram.
“A caption said, ‘My guy was special regardless of his circumstances, you never know what people have been through.’
“When he’s seen that I’d written nice things about him, it inspired him to get his life back on track.
“He’s back home with his family and he’s got a girlfriend,” said the rapper.