#UK BBC 'glorified violence' by playing rap referencing use of guns and knives after Notting Hill death #UKnews

#UK BBC ‘glorified violence’ by playing rap referencing use of guns and knives after Notting Hill death #UKnews

#UK BBC ‘glorified violence’ by playing rap referencing use of guns and knives after Notting Hill death #UKnews

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BBC Radio 1Xtra ‘glorified violence’ by playing grime rap songs referencing use of guns and knives after Notting Hill carnival stab death

  • Critics have blasted the BBC for being too lax by permitting the music to be performed
  • Sir Spiro performed Pre-Season by So Large with lyrics ‘I make drug vendor anthems’
  • Takayo Nembhard, a 21-year-old rapper, was stabbed to death on the carnival 

A BBC radio channel repeatedly performed grime rap songs that brazenly glorified gang violence earlier than and after the Notting Hill Carnival the place a person was stabbed to death.

Critics have blasted the Corporation for being too lax by permitting the music to be performed, claiming that they legitimise violence.

Music broadcast on BBC 1Xtra described violent clashes between gangs, with references to the use of guns and knives.

On the eve of the carnival final weekend, which noticed greater than 200 arrests, stabbings and one suspected homicide, presenter Sir Spiro performed Pre-Season by act So Large with lyrics that started: ‘I make drug dealer anthems, come from a drug dealer family, re-up come from Los Angeles, born and bred in Tower Hamlets . . . Man swing fist, man swing weapon, anything . . . I’ve bought a set of toes that you just don’t need to step on . . .’

BBC 1Xtra has been acused of playing songs glorifying gang violence during the carnival, despite one man being fatally stabbed. Pictured: Flowers laid at the scene of the fatal stabbing at Notting Hill Carnival

BBC 1Xtra has been acused of playing songs glorifying gang violence throughout the carnival, regardless of one man being fatally stabbed. Pictured: Flowers laid on the scene of the deadly stabbing at Notting Hill Carnival 

And simply hours after Takayo Nembhard, a 21-year-old rapper from Bristol, was stabbed to death on the carnival final Monday, DJ Snoochie Shy performed a tune on her present billed as a ‘Carnival After Party Spesh!’.

It included the lyrics: ‘I take aim, I’m a sniper. I hit that. Outside with the lure boys. Circling the block with shooters too . . . ’

The BBC bleeps out swear phrases however doesn’t get rid of phrases that glorify gun and knife use.

Critics have blasted the Corporation for being too lax by allowing the music to be played, claiming that they legitimise violence. Pictured: The scene of the carnical stabbing at Ladbroke Grove

 Critics have blasted the Corporation for being too lax by permitting the music to be performed, claiming that they legitimise violence. Pictured: The scene of the carnical stabbing at Ladbroke Grove 

Former gang member Simeon Moore, an ex-rapper from Birmingham referred to as Zimbo, criticised the BBC.

He stated: ‘I want to know what these strict editorial guidelines are. From where I’m standing, it’s as if it’s OK to talk about violence if it’s black-on-black violence.

‘Urban gang wars are deadly, they destroy lives and whole communities. So when you have the biggest urban radio station in the UK playing music that legitimises these activities, it really does mean that these things have become part of our everyday life.’

The BBC was approached for remark.

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