Melbourne, May 26 : British musician Adrian Thaws a.k.a Tricky insists that hip-hop music is kicking off gun and knife culture in Britain.
The 40-year-old singer said that the music has worsened the situation in some parts of the country and is even shoddier than New York's notorious Bronx district.
"I love hip hop. But it has to take some responsibility for the gun culture we've got over here. We're getting super-violent," News.com.au quoted him as telling Uncut music magazine.
"You can walk around the Bronx for days on end and nobody bothers you.
"In England, you can say the wrong thing in a pub and, before you know it, you've got a bottle over your head or a bullet in your brain. English people have got quicker tempers," he added.
Tricky also blames modern fashion for contributing to violence among young people.
"What have they got to get them through hard times? We had punk rock and ska and bands that made you feel you could do anything," said the musician, singer and producer," he said.
"We were into clothes in a big way. Anything to take our minds off the stress. They don't have to think about getting dressed. They get the baseball cap and trainers on, that's all it is.
"But they've got nothing to take the pressure off. That's maybe why they are more violent than we were. That and the fact they have access to serious artillery.
"We used to throw stones at each other. Now they shoot bullets at each other. Hip hop has got a lot to do with that," he added.