Published Monday, 05 November 2012
The British performer/actor has enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame since his breakthrough role in gritty film Harry Brown in 2009, releasing two hit albums and making his directorial debut with Ill Manors.
He has performed shows around the world in his breaks from recording and filming, and now he is desperate to take 12 months off from the rigours of fame.
He told British newspaper The Sun: "I want to take a year out from being photographed and going to shows. I'm living the dream I guess, a red carpet is rolled out everywhere I go.
"People treat me differently. But the only way I can keep on making music about real life is to live in normality, and the last three years I haven't been.
"It's been touring, awards shows and stuff that's great fun - but I'm an artist and I need inspiring. It'll be nice to get away from that celebrity circuit."