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YouTube Deletes Dozens More Drill Music Videos at Request of London Police

YouTube Deletes Dozens More Drill Music Videos at Request of London Police

Skengdo and AM. Credit: Screenshot via YouTube
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LONDON (CelebrityAccess) – YouTube has deleted another 70 videos at the request of London’s Metropolitan Police as Scotland Yard continues its crackdown on drill music.

The Google owned platform has now deleted 102 of 129 music videos flagged back in September 2015 by the Met’s Operation Domain team, according to The Associated Press. The unit was created to scan YouTube and other online platforms in a bid to tackle gang crime and homicide in London.

While drill videos rack up millions of views online, Scotland Yard believes elements of the rap sub-genre, which originated in Chicago and often features artists discussing violent themes and gang rivalries, incite “a violent retaliatory response” from listeners.

The mass deletions come in the wake of a huge injunction in which two of the scene’s biggest names, Skengdo and AM, plead guilty to a “breach of gang injunction” that forbade them from playing their song “Attempted 1.0″ live in concert.

Commenting on the situation, co-founder of Skengdo and AM’s record label Finesse Foreva, who goes by the name TK, recently told Spin Magazine: “This is systematic discrimination. We all know removing a video doesn’t stop crime and crimes are committed by individuals that have real issues in real life not a song. Opposing drill artists listen to each-others music and actually commend one another. People are stabbing each-other and committed crimes such as robberies because of real life issues not music.”

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