I’m a young girl from South London, and I and my friends all listen to a popular type of music which is taking the UK by storm. UK drill is a subgenre of road rap that originally sprung up in South London, Brixton. To me, it is a way that young people can express themselves in a world where people don’t pay much attention to our views.
Has it led to knife crime?
Recently, YouTube deleted multiple drill music videos at the request of UK police. It is becoming extremely popular on Britain’s crime-ridden streets which they believe has led to a rise in knife crime in London. According to the police, it glamorises serious violence such as stabbings and murder. However, in my opinion, I believe that drill music isn’t a cause of violence, it’s the result of it. My reason for this is that there has been knife crime and drug use before drill music came along. As well as this the lyrics used to describe things that have already happened.
Could we take another approach?
To young people, drill music is an art form that allows us to express our feelings. By taking it away, you are depriving us of the only thing that we feel allows us to communicate in today’s society. There’s no point in blaming music when violence is a clear act that shows what a person has been through. Instead of banning music, which clearly isn’t effective, they should put licenses on knives as it would have a bigger impact.
Changing young people’s futures
Today’s generation doesn’t have enough to aspire to. They are growing up in a world where they feel constantly under pressure. The reason why they are on the streets in the first place is because there has been a decline in things such as youth clubs which leaves them with nothing better to do. By giving them more responsibility, we can make use of their time more efficiently.