23 Jan 19
The Scottish Sun
A MACHETE gang rapper has shockingly beat a police court order to release another twisted drill song glorifying violence and attacks on rivals.
Officers from the Met Police’s gang crime unit have approved the track’s creation and lyrics revelling in gangland violence in line with the judge’s unprecedented ruling.
Rhys Herbert’s new track Mad about Bars has beat a police court order to glorify violence
Herbert, rapping as Digga D, had already released one track glorifying violence following his release
The song by one of the thugs from the banned 1011 gang has already generated 1.9million views in three weeks on its YouTube listing.
The YouTube channel owner Mixtape Madness has even refused a police request to temporarily suspend the track after The Sun raised concerns over the song lyrics’ availability online.
Gang member Rhys Herbert, 17, was jailed last June for his part in a plot to attack rivals with machetes and baseball bats along with four other 1011 crooks.
But since his release from jail Herbert, whose gang was banned after the police request from making music glorifying specific violence, has been able to release twisted drill songs with police co-operation.
We revealed in November that Herbert, alongside fellow 1011 thug Jordan Bedeau, had worked with police under a court order to make a new track with references to stabbings and shootings.
Hebert, top left, and Jordan Bedeau, centre, were handed 12-month detention and training orders for their part in the 1011 gang conspiracy to attack their 12 World rivals
The 1011 gang were caught by cops with a haul of weapons
But now the rapper – known as Digga D – has been able to release a second song with lyrics referring to specific attacks and taunting gang rivals.
It comes despite Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick last year warning drill music “glamourises” serious violence and blasting gangs who taunt each other in songs while calling for internet companies such as Google, owner of YouTube, to remove the music from its platforms.
The song “Mad about Bars” by Digga D with DJ Kenny Allstar mocks three rivals who were stabbed with a “zombie knife” at Notting Hill Carnival by 1011 gang member Jordan Clarke.
In the track the lyric “Bro known rider, he got down 3 and they all turned choir” taunts the three victims for co-operating with cops after they were stabbed.
Jordan Clarke, 21, a 1011 gang member, was convicted for his part in a carnival knife-fight
The violence at the 2016 Notting Hill Carnival was said to be the “worst for a generation”
Other lyrics boast about possessing guns such as “And I was the only guy my age in West London with a sniper” and “Or I press on a one .32 but I ain’t tryna find out my number on Lyca” – meaning the 1011’s gang notorious use of .32 caliber pistols.
Also the words “See a mans eyes roll back from a chest shot attack, free broski Striker” glorify a knife attack carried out by 1011 gang member Daniel Offei-Ntow and calls for his release from jail.
Another “Do it like Ratlin, hop that fence” goads a rapper from the rival Mozart estate’s Pattern Gang who was chased by 1011 gang members and forced to leap over a fence.
In the YouTube song the two names “Striker” and “Ratlin” are blanked in order to help beat the judge’s order but the full lyrics were uploaded to the popular US lyrics site Genius on the same day of the track’s release.
Daniel Offei-Ntow, then 21, was jailed for three years in 2017 for his role in a knife and bat fight in West London
Cressida Dick has linked the rise in knife crime to drill rap music
Earlier this month 1011 rapper “ZK” was slashed across the face in a knife-fight with gang rivals in the Mozart area of West London as the feud continued.
And in a bit to beat the order, another lyric refers to the stabbing of rival 12 World gang leader by replacing his name with “shh” in the line “Still bake off (smoke weed/relax) where shh got cheffed (stabbed)”.
Police officers are understood to be frustrated at the publication of the full lyrics online and called for YouTube channel owner Mixtape Madness to temporarily take the track down – but they refused on grounds it complies with the judge’s order.
The order, applied for by police and granted in June, prevents members of the 1011 group from referring to death or injury or postcodes in a gang context in songs.
Calvin Johnson, the jailed leader of the rival 12 World gang, is a constant target of 1011 gang members
YouTube channel owners at Mixtape Madness have refused to suspend the track after a police request
In one lyric of a 1011 gang track they boast about throwing acid in people’s faces
They must also notify police within 24 hours of making new music and give 48 hours notice for the date and location of any performance recording – and permit officers to attend.
The Met’s Trident gangs unit is now considering whether to return to the court order to further limit the use of lyrics glorifying violence in 1011 gang members’ songs.
In 2018 murders in London reached a ten-year high of 132 which is the most since the 154 killings in 2008.
Anti-gangs campaigner Jen Lock, of Lives Instead of Knives, said: “It’s pre-meditated with this gang – they’ve released songs when they’re inside about coming out to attack rivals.
The 1011 drill group and Herbert (far left), seen here with DJ Tim Westwood, are banned from making new music with violent lyrics
The 1011 group were caught red-handed after a two-year police operation
“There seems to be nothing the authorities can do. It empowers them, they can just carry on doing what they want and no-one can stop them.
“It’s brainwashing kids and you can’t reason with them. How can we protect our children if the authorities can’t stop them?
“It’s two fingers up to everyone. These guys have been in prison and come out too, where is their remorse?”
The latest track follows Herbert and Bedeau’s police-approved production “No Porkies” which also made reference to stabbings and shootings.
[boxout headline=”How drill music is fuelling violence on the streets of London”]DRILL originated in Chicago earlier this decade, helping to make the city one of America’s most violent with 650 murders last year.
Recently, a grittier style emerged in South London that draws on grime and other genres.
Former Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood has promoted the genre by hosting drill videos on his YouTube channel.
Drill lyrics usually glorify violence and gang culture.
Some feuding gangs have recorded “diss tracks”, insulting each other online as an incitement to tit-for-tat violence.
The music has been blamed in part for the surge in murders and maimings in London.
Herbert and other members of the 1011 gang previously appeared on ex-BBC Radio One DJ Tim Westwood’s YouTube channel.
And last September we reported how Herbert had posted a track from behind bars threatening a gang rival.
In footage on the DJ’s channel which has since been removed, Herbert can be seen saying “Man get whacked” and pulling a gun pose with his fingers.
Commissioner Cressida Dick said: “Drill music is associated with lyrics which are about glamourising violence, serious violence — murder, stabbings — they describe the stabbings in great detail, with great joy and excitement.
Richard Taylor has said the polices approval of the violent drill rap video is a “betrayal” of anti-knife crime campaigners work
“Often we have gangs who make drill videos and in them say what they are going to do to each other, and specifically what they are going to do to who.”
Richard Taylor, the father of ten-year-old Damilola Taylor who was fatally stabbed in 2000, has previously described the police approval of 1011 gang members’ tracks as a “betrayal” of all those who have campaigned against knife crime.
And in November Labour MP Harriet Harman said victims’ families believed “drill music and videos are used for criminal purposes”.
A Met Police spokeswoman said: “Officers from Central West Basic Command Unit (BCU) were provided a transcript of lyrics, notification of individuals appearing in the video, and the proposed venue for filming.
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“Following an assessment of the content, as required by the CBO, the Met was satisfied the video did not constitute a breach of the order’s restrictions.
“However, on 16 January the Met was made aware of a set of alternative lyrics published in written form on an independent website.
“Officers are reviewing this post and whilst this process is ongoing, the original video has been suspended from YouTube by the channel owners.
“The Met is also seeking advice in relation to the conditions of the CBO issued by the courts to ensure they sufficiently reduce the risk of further violence.”