One in three gangland murders in London ‘linked to drill music’

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A report by Policy Exchange has found that drill music was linked to one in three murders in London in 2018.

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The report analyzed a decade of knife crime data, pointing to the role of failure of police strategy in the rise of drill music, social media, revenge attacks and gang violence.

An analysis by Policy Exchange found that in 41 gang-related murders in 2018, drill music played a role in at least a third (36.5 percent) of them. This was where either the victim or perpetrator was an aspiring drill rapper, or the drill music video was used as evidence at trial. In 2019, this figure was 23 percent.


Knife crime reached its decade high in 2019 as 44 knife crimes were committed in a day with 94 fatal knife victims. Additionally, in 2018 and 2019 at least 25% of cases are directly linked to retaliation, the report says.

Additionally, in gang-related homicides in London, 80 percent of victims and perpetrators were black or from an ethnic minority background, with black people in the capital five times more likely to be stabbed than white or Asian people.

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Knife crime hits decade high in 2019

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Knife crime hits decade high in 2019

The report’s author, Sophia Faulkner, took to social media and big brands to “glorify, encourage and legitimize” gang culture. The report specifically called out Adidas for launching a social media campaign with drill rapper Heidi One, three weeks before she was imprisoned for six months for carrying a knife.

Despite the rise of “wake capitalism” and the apparent stance against racism of many of these companies, we have to ask why there is continued support in London for perpetrators of violent gang-related crime, whose victims are overwhelmingly black and ethnic minorities, Ms Faulkner said.

The policy exchange researcher said brands encourage young people to buy into the idea that criminal behavior is “fashionable” by promoting imprisoned artists to carry knives.

Drill is a musical genre characterized by violent lyrics, ominous beats, and gang affiliation.

Broadcaster Trevor Phillips, a senior researcher at Policy Exchange, also took aim at the drill music for promoting artists imprisoned for knife crimes, calling Adidas “a disgrace.”

The Adidas report criticized rapper Hedy One for including him in a campaign after he was imprisoned for carrying a knife.

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The Adidas report criticized rapper Hedy One for including him in a campaign after he was imprisoned for carrying a knife.

“I spent most of my childhood in a postcode – N22 – which is now so violent that it has given its name to a murderous gang; The violent crime rate is among the worst in London and almost double that of the entire country,” Mr Phillips said.

Granthshala Adidas was contacted for comment.

Metropolitan Police relying on ‘repressive’ tactics

The report also called on the Metropolitan Police to develop a robust strategy to tackle violent crime.

The report said the Met’s failure to tackle knife crime is due to an imbalance in stop-and-search, capture of high-profile criminals, and investments in neighborhood policing. It states that the Metropolitan Police relies on “repressive” tactics such as Stop and Search, but the increasing use of Stop and Search in London has the potential to achieve great benefits without addressing the Met’s relationship with the communities most affected by this strategy. is unlikely.

“It seems extraordinary that the MPS stop and search rate is 5.5 times that of West Yorkshire, yet the rate at which they apprehend drug traffickers (usually only recorded upon arrest) is less than a third that of Merseyside, And the strength of neighborhood policing is more than half of the West Midlands in London and less than half of Merseyside,” said Sir Mark Rowley QPM, former assistant commissioner at the Met.

The Met Police’s “unusual and unfair” strategy of combining high stop and search rates with weak community policing and targeting of high profile criminals is what the report said.

‘Teenagers’ are linking drill with youth violence

In addition to failures in police tactics, the report showed that at least 40 percent of stabbings were shown to be directly linked to a housing property.

London-based musician and writer Akala previously reported Granthshala That the determination to link drill music to youth violence was “teenage”.

“The idea that teens would just listen to a drill track and say ‘Okay, I’m going to kill someone’ … as if there’s no pre-existing problem,” he said.

“Rap is never to blame for the kids who stay and study in school,” Akala said. He continued: “I stayed in school partly because of the Wu-Tang clan. If it’s impressive, it is All Influential or none of these. My problem is its hypocrisy. Everything is tired and sordid, and the conversation always focuses on the black man in front of the camera.

Rapper Akala Drill has been at the forefront of the debate about music’s influences

“Let’s have a bigger discussion of why we only think it’s a problem if some people do what it takes to get rich.”

South London rapper duo Crapt and Conan said the illegal drill would push music artists back into a life of crime, with Conan, real name Carl Wilson, blaming the music for breaking out of a life of gangs, prison and crime.

The report recommended that broadcast watchdog Ofcom investigate its association with Drill Music and whether it violates a clause in its code of conduct that states programs should not include content that promotes violence. or condemns it. Additionally, the report called on the Home Office and police to do more to explain crime statistics to the public.

A Home Office spokesperson said, “The government is determined to tackle the underlying causes of serious violence, including strict enforcement of getting dangerous weapons off the streets – through stop and search methods – with programs that Let’s get youth out of crime,” a Home Office spokesperson said. Granthshala.

weather police told Granthshala That the use of stop and search is “properly scrutinized” both inside and outside the Met.

“We are taking steps to better listen and respond to concerns. We are working with our communities to improve our use of Stop and Search, including through our live experiences of being intercepted and discovered. through improving our training,” a spokesperson said.


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