16 Nov 18
The Scottish Sun
NOTORIOUS drill gangsters jailed for plotting a machete attack on rivals have made a violent rap video just weeks after their release – with full police approval.
Thugs from the 1011 gang posted the shocking video on YouTube where it shows them revelling in stabbings and firearms despite being BANNED from doing so and Britain’s top cop having slammed the genre for “glorifying” violence.
Rhys Herbert, rapping as Digga D, points his hands in a mock gun gesture in the new track
Rhys Herbert and Jordan Bedeau, 17, who now appear with a group called CGM, were both released weeks ago after being jailed in June this year for their part in a plot to attack rivals with machetes and baseball bats in West London.
When convicted the mob were handed an order banning them from making any music videos which glorified or incited violence.
The order also meant they had to seek approval from cops before filming any music video.
But Sun Online has discovered that the duo are now out of jail and made a new music video referencing stabbings and shootings which the Met Police approved and allowed them to post online.
The slick music video showed a number of the rappers on a building roof
The video has already had more than 500,000 views
In the opening section of the approved video, titled “No Porkies”, Bedeau, 17, known as Sav’O, boasts about rivals who are “chinged” (stabbed).
He says: “Jump out gang, get swiped, get chinged, I heard he’s a friend of a opp, get caught by the gang then it is what it is, I ain’t gotta chat too loose, f*** all the verbal, slip (stab), that’s it.”
Herbert, who raps under the name Digga D sings about attacking rivals with guns and knives, rapping: “A hundred man in your vids, when I slide to your block, ain’t no one about, Shotgun with the shotgun, pop one, they run when I’m leaning out, and I’ve dipped [stabbed] guys with my flick knife, man don’t think twice, they scream and shout.”
Another rapper, not one of those handed the order, raps: “One hand when I’m fishing the Pyrex, but I need two when I lift up the skeng [knife], I’m into the broad day chinging [stabbing], machete swing, we’re violent men, Pellets gon’ fly out the barrel, side by side that’s right and left, this Rambo [knife] gon’ rip through your (sshhh), Push flick knife straight in a mans (sshhhh).
Jordan Bedeau, 17, raps under the name SavO in the tracks in which he talks about “chinging” stabbing) rivals
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
“How many times did I circle around, then ain’t seen no one and then circled again? I told bro uncock that spinner [revolver], it weren’t that n****, I thought it was them”.
Shockingly the Met Police has admitted to The Sun they gave permission for the music video to be filmed and approved all the gang’s lyrics.
A spokeswoman said: “On 4 November the Met, as required by a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) issued on Friday 15 June, was informed of an intention to publish a music video.
“Officers from the Trident and Area Crime Command were provided a transcript of lyrics, notification of individuals appearing in the video, and the proposed venue for filming.
Richard Taylor has said the polices approval of the violent drill rap video is a “betrayal” of anti-knife crime campaigners work
Cressida Dick has linked the rise in knife crime to drill rap music
“Since this date, officers have remained in contact with the content producers and were provided an advanced viewing of the content prior to release.
“The Met is satisfied the video does not constitute a breach of the CBO.”
Richard Taylor, father of 10-year-old Damilola who was fatally stabbed in 2000, said the police’s approval of the video was a “betrayal” of all those who have fought knife crime.
He added: “Allowing this video to be made is a betrayal of everyone who has fought knife crime in London.
Labour’s Harriet Harman has spoken out about the link between horrific drill music and the violence that’s been inflicted on the capital
The 1011 gang were caught by cops with a haul of weapons
“I am very unhappy with the decision and it feels like a defeat of everything I have worked towards.
“These people are violent and the police need to stop them making music like this. Their videos glamorise knives and gangs, it’s crazy that someone approved it.
“Cressida Dick said these videos should be banned and I want to know why this one was approved. The police should be combating knife crime not encouraging it.”
Herbert and other members of the 1011 gang previously appeared on ex-BBC Radio One DJ Tim Westwood’s YouTube channel.
In one lyric of a 1011 gang track they boast about throwing acid in people’s faces
1011 have a string of tracks available on Apple
Another fearsome machete and a balaclava were found at a 1011 member’s home
The 1011 drill group and Herbert (far left), seen here with DJ Tim Westwood, are banned from making new music with violent lyrics
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.
Earlier this year, a Sun investigation found that Tim Westwood’s YouTube channel could have raked in as much as £1.9million.
Our revelation comes in a week where FIVE killings pushed London’s murder rate to 122 – four more than in 2017.
The grim toll includes 69 fatal stabbings and 14 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.
The group were caught red-handed after a two-year operation
Micah Bedeau was caught with a Rambo-style knife
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Earlier this year Met Police 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.
“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.”
And last week Labour MP Harriet Harman said victims’ families believed “drill music and videos are used for criminal purposes”.
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