Rap star Ramz receives award at Barking school visit

PUBLISHED: 18:58 30 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:25 31 January 2018

Rapper Ramz on a visit to the Eastbury Community School

Rapper Ramz on a visit to the Eastbury Community School


‘Barking’ rap star Ramz received a special prize whilst visiting pupils at Eastbury Community School.

Rapper Ramz on a visit to the Eastbury Community School Rapper Ramz on a visit to the Eastbury Community School

The 20-year-old, whose single narrowly missed out on the number one spot last week, was presented with a Borough Recognition Award this afternoon by council leader Darren Rodwell.

He joins football legend Bobby Moore in being recognised for his “valued commitment” to life within the borough.

Ramz, real name Ramone Rochester, counted the award among “the biggest achievements I’ve got”.

Asked about the Barking and Dagenham’s reaction to his hit single, the Mitcham-born songwriter told the Barking and Dagenham Post: “You can call it a second home.”

Rapper Ramz on a visit to the Eastbury Community School Rapper Ramz on a visit to the Eastbury Community School

Pupils at the Hulse Avenue, Barking school had lined the main gates at lunch, vying for a glimpse of the breakout star.

About two dozen aspiring musicians from Eastbury and Barking Abbey School were told on Friday they would be meeting the rapper.

As they waited nervously in a music room for him to appear, young girls checked their hair, hoping to become his next “ting”.

One boy, away from school, even asked the head of music to pass on some of his lyrics.

At 3pm, Ramz arrived amid screams that shook the glazing.

“I think it’s a blessing, to be honest,” he said.

“Not everybody wakes up and dreams of walking into a school and having your name shouted or screamed like [that]. It’s a good feeling.”

Since dropping out of university last year and recording songs alongside a job in Sainsbury’s, he said fame had brought him a lot of new attention – both good and bad.

“You get a lot of people treating you different,” he said.

“I think there’s a lot of – you could call it hate, if you wanted to – or some sour things that get said on socials. But there’s definitely more supporters than the other side.”

Insults, he added, “are always recognised, because there’s not a lot of them.”

He then returned to the kids, each of whom stood ready with a pen and paper.

“Anyone know who this guy is?” Cllr Rodwell had joked when Ramz first entered the room.

“Yes,” they responded in chorus, before launching into song.

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