A drill MC has used violent quotes from MPs to create a new track, called ‘Political Drilling’.
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Drill music has been widely criticised for its violent lyrics and cited as a cause of the rise in violence in London.
Earlier this year, YouTube deleted over 30 videos deemed to glamourise violence on the recommendation of Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick. In June, west London group 1011 were issued with a court order banning them from making music without permission from the police.
Now, Channel 4 have commissioned a rapper operating under the name Drillminister to incorporate violent language used by current and former MPs into a drill track to highlight the hypocrisy shown against the genre’s artists. In a caption posted alongside a video report, the channel wrote: “MPs have accused drill artists of ‘glorifying violence’. But are Parliamentarians in any position lecture them – after a week of distasteful, anonymous briefings about metaphorically knifing Theresa May?”
One quote used in ‘Political Drilling’, attributed to former chancellor George Osborne said: “I will not rest until she’s chopped up in bags in my freezer.” Another from MP Jess Phillips read: “The day that it becomes you are hurting us more than helping us, I won’t knife you in the back – I’ll knife you in the front.”
Labour MP Liz Kendall said in response to the quotes: “I think politicians should be held responsible for the language they use and the impact it has on the culture and climate of debate. I think politicians who use violent and misogynistic language should be identified and they should have the wit removed.”
She added: “The words that we’ve seen this weekend are normalising violence, misogyny, and harassment and bullying. They’ve got no place in our politics.” Watch the report in full above.
Earlier this year, drill videos that had been banned from YouTube began to appear on PornHub. Sessions by the likes of 1011, BSide, and Zone appeared on the pornography website in response to being pulled from the mainstream video platform.