The war on drill music is a war on free speech

A rapper has been banned from using certain words in his music.

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A rapper has been banned from using certain words in his music. And if that doesn’t worry you, then you don’t care about freedom of speech.

As the Guardian reports this morning, London drill rapper Rico Racks, real name Ervine Kimpalu, has been jailed for three years for drug offences and issued with an order that forbids him from using certain words in his music – including ‘bandoe (a house used for drug dealing and consumption), trapping (dealing), and connect (a drugs contact)’.

Kimpalu had pleaded guilty to supplying class-A drugs and possessing criminal property in the form of cash. But that is no justification for banning him from talking about such exploits in his music. People should be punished for what they do, not what they say – and certainly not what they choose to talk about in their creative endeavours. That this even needs to be said is worrying.

This isn’t the first case like this. The British state’s war on drill music – a dark, often nihilistic genre of rap – has been building over the past year, as Fraser Myers has covered on spiked. The Metropolitan Police have ordered YouTube to take down certain drill videos. Last year, in an unprecedented move, a court order banned five members of drill group 1011 from making music without first getting permission from the police. In February, drill artists Skengdo and AM were sentenced to nine months in prison, suspended for two years, for the ‘crime’ of performing a song.

Anyone who is serious about defending free speech should get serious about defending drill.

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Roger Jago

23rd October 2019 at 6:20 pm

As an oldie who has lived through 8 decades of changes in our society, I have never lost my belief in freedom of speech. However, I am concerned at the take-over , and loss of our English culture, through alien values being implanted by certain immigrant groups; these cannot be allowed to bury our national culture, in the pretence of freedom of speech. There needs to be a body of authority (not being the police force) to maintain acceptable standards in what are the limits.

Ven Oods

24th October 2019 at 6:51 pm

“However, I am concerned at the take-over , and loss of our English culture, through alien values being implanted by certain immigrant groups..”

Since the likes of Stormzy and K West now headline UK music festivals, I think that ship has already sailed. The gas is out of the canister and won’t go back.

michael savell

21st October 2019 at 5:14 pm

On the other hand we could just pinch any assets from their work to give to old peoples homes or some long neglected vets.Similar argument.

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