Video-sharing site; YouTube, has deleted more than half of the “violent” music videos that UK’s most senior police officer asked it to take down. Due to increased cases of violence, More than 30 clips have been removed so far. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick blamed some videos for fuelling a surge in murders and violent crime in London and singled out drill music. She asked YouTube to delete content, which glamorises violence.
Drill music originated in Chicago. Its biggest breakout star is arguably Chief Keef, famous for his 2012 track I Don’t Like. The genre’s lyrics often detail vivid accounts of taking drugs and violence. In a similar development, 17-year-old rapper Junior Simpson was sentenced to life in prison after he and three others stabbed 15-year-old Jermaine Goupall to death. The court heard he had penned a track about knife attacks before carrying out the killing.
According to the BBC, police have asked YouTube to take down between 50 and 60 music videos, because they were deemed to incite violence. Metropolitan Police, Mike West, lamented that gangs try to outrival each other with the filming and content, reinstating that what looks like a music video could actually contain explicit language with gangs threatening each other.
“There are gestures of violence, with hand signals suggesting they are firing weapons and graphic descriptions of what they would do to each other. Pressplay, a company that promotes drill music videos, said on its Instagram page that police had “forced” YouTube to take some clips down because of “what’s happened lately”. However, the same post said the clips “will probably be back up in the next few weeks.