You might have seen or read on the news that ‘drill’ music is to blame for the rise in knife crime in London, here’s what you need to know about it:
Drill music is a style of trap music that originated in the South Side of Chicago and is defined by its dark, grim, violent, nihilistic lyrical content and ominous trap-influenced beats.
UK drill originated in Brixton, South London around 2012. UK drill artists often rap about violent and criminal lifestyles. People believe the lyrics and music videos – which can be easily found on YouTube – glamorise a life of crime, usually the artists are affiliated to gangs.
A report by Catch 22 and University College of Birmingham released a report in 2017 that said: “Young people and professionals reported concerns around what they referred to as drill music videos, which threaten and provoke individuals and groups from rival areas. A clear distinction must be made between the vast majority of music videos that simply provide a raw reflection of the realities of young people’s lives (content that does not provoke real- life violence), and a much smaller number of videos that go well beyond this, through displays of young people brandishing weapons, incendiary remarks about recent incidents of young people being seriously injured and killed, and explicit threats to stab or shoot specific individuals and members of rival groups.”
However, we must be cautious as to think that all drill music or all artists amplify and glorify violence. Just in the same way we can’t fully blame video games or TV.