Grime star Dizzee Rascal praises disturbing Drill rap which includes the lyrics ‘samurais in batches’ and describes a drive-by shooting but calls for London’s violence epidemic to stop in Instagram post
- Rapper has hailed the genre as some of the UK’s best music in the last 100 years
- Comes despite fears Drill fuels violence with focus on weapons and stabbings
- Today London’s 100th murder investigation of the year was launched by police
Dizzee Rascal has praised a Drill rap that mentions grabbing knives and boasts of ‘samurais in batches’ as violence continues to blight the capital.
The rapper called the song ‘strong’ and hailed the genre as some of the UK’s best music in the last century despite concerns about links to gang violence.
He took to Instagram to compliment the track as a ‘f****** tune’ and shared the video, which includes the lyric ‘samurais in batches’ and mentions grabbing ‘a few nanks (knives)’.
He called for an end to the shootings and stabbings blighting London, which today saw its 100th murder investigation of the year launched.
Dizzee Rascal (pictured, below) shared the video on his Instagram account, posting his praise for the genre underneath the clip
Slick music videos feature masked gangsters brandishing weapons, rapping about real-life stabbings and threatening their rivals.
Sharing the song Homerton B – named after an area in Hackney, East London – Dizzee wrote: ‘What a f****** tune! I know people have all sorts of feelings on Drill music but I think it’s some of the best music to come out the UK in the last hundred years. Yeh I said it! These kids are too wavy I’m a fan.
The Homerton B song’s first verse opens with the ‘samurais in batches’ and was praised by Dizzee Rascal online
Dizzee Rascal (right) praised Drill music as some of the best to come out of the UK in the last century and called this particular song (left, a still from the video) a ‘f****** tune’
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‘We can all agree the violence needs to stop and these kids just need to get money and enjoy the world but f****** hell the music is Strong.
‘Before you moan please bare in mind all the rappers that come over here imitate these kids then fill out our biggest venues night after night, get all the radio play, dominate our charts and nobody says anything. This is not a rant.’
Some community leaders have criticised Drill music because they argue that it glorifies violence
The song – recorded by Unknown T – opens its first verse with the line ‘samurais in batches’ before continuing: ‘Whack, whack, pull up, skrrt, reverse. Bang, the ting goes back in the jacket. Hope the clip or the spinner can backflip.’
His post follows concerns about the genre’s promotion cross social media and internet platforms such as YouTube.
It comes after Carole Harrison, 73, was found dead in her house in Teddington on Wednesday, with a post-mortem revealing injuries ‘consistent with assault’, sparking 2018’s 100th murder investigation in the capital.
The grime star praised the song on social media despite concerns about the genre’s links with violence in London
Above is the list of the 100 London murder victims whose deaths have sparked investigations this year amid fears Drill music encourages some of the violence
The song is named Homerton B, after a place in Hackney, East London, and was praised as the capital saw its 100th murder this year
Earlier this year members of one Drill group – 1011 were jailed for plotting to attack a group of rivals with machetes and knives.
The gang – once praised by former Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood – were banned from making any music glorifying violence.
A Mail On Sunday investigation revealed that the site makes cash from adverts aimed at children that appear when Drill videos are viewed on YouTube.
Police have called for the removal of up to 60 videos over the last two years but the site has only removed around half that it found to violate its policies.
In May Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick called on social media sites to remove the music because she says the genre ‘glamourises’ violent crime.
She said they have a ‘social responsibility’ to take down the videos that she insists has ‘terrible effect’ on the surge in knife and gun attacks.
Armed officers were seen breaking up a Drill music video shoot in Hackney’s London Fields this summer amid claims of a gun sighting but no arrests were made after the group was searched.
In February London’s murder rate overtook that of New York for the first time since records began in the 1990s.
What is drill music and how is it fuelling London’s crime wave?
‘Drill’ music, a hip-hop subgenre, is driving the feuding gang war in London, community leaders have warned.
Hundreds of videos on YouTube feature UK rappers threatening and provoking people from rival areas.
To ‘drill’ means to fight or scrap and the violent lyrics focus on gang life, drugs, guns and killing.
In one video viewed nearly three million times, rapper Digga D boasts about having to bleach his knife after using it to attack someone.
In another, entitled ‘Mummy’s Kitchen’, rappers Loski and Mayski, who are thought to be Londoners, boast about taking a blade from the family home.
In the videos, which are filmed across the city, performers take care to ensure their faces are covered.
The link with fatal attacks committed against young Londoners is made clear under the videos on YouTube, where commentators speculate about which groups were responsible.
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