GANG battles sweeping throughout the capital are rooted in years of tit-for-tat murders and a drill rap war which is being performed out in twisted on-line music movies.
The drill gangs dotted round London war over long-held postcode rivalries whereas harbouring goals of creating it huge in the music enterprise.
The 1011 drill group, pictured right here recording a session with former Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood, are banned from making music after a number of of its members have been caught as they have been about to hold out an assault on the rival 12 World gang
They use music movies and tracks on YouTube, Apple and Spotify or taunts on Snapchat and Instagram to goad rivals with lyrics glorifying violence.
The feuds then typically spill out on to the streets with a litany of murders throughout the capital traced again to the drill gangs.
There have been 5 murders in simply a week in London with considered one of the killings already showing to have been carried out by a postcode drill group.
John Ogunjobi, 16, was brutally stabbed to dying by a gang in Tulse Hill on Monday who shouted “we got him, we got him” as they fled the scene.
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John Ogunjobi was simply one in every of 5 individuals to be stabbed to dying in London in six days
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Mourners console one another at the scene of John’s homicide
The doorway to the Tulse Hill housing property near the place John, 16, was killed
John, who rapped beneath the identify JaySav as a part of the Decrease Tulse Hill drill group, is feared to have been murdered by rivals from Clapham or Brixton – each of which have claimed duty for the killing.
Campaigners and MPs have accused the web music and video giants of turning a blind eye to their position in fuelling the carnage.
There have been 119 murders in the capital this yr with a vital proportion of the deaths considered a results of gang-related assaults.
The drill teams, typically based mostly on giant estates and made up principally of black and Asian youths, could be concerned in lower-level drug operating however sometimes perform assaults on rivals due to historic postcode-based rivalries.
The Zone 2 gang carry out in certainly one of their tracks recorded in Paris
Gang sources have defined the teams are sometimes made up of scholars who merely goad one another on-line with no hyperlinks to medicine or different crime.
They’ve adopted in the footsteps of older gangs, who have been often concerned in extra critical crime and based mostly in poorer housing estates or postcode areas.
Members of the new wave of teams produce rap movies with the hope of forging a music profession in the similar method as a number of different former gang members.
The Met Police has linked drill rap music to a surge in gang-related assaults and by October had requested 98 movies to be faraway from YouTube with 61 taken down and responses on 17 nonetheless excellent.
The drill group Moscow 17 additionally featured on Tim Westwood’s YouTube channel
Their database of 1,400 drill rap movies linked to violence sweeping throughout the capital included 32 tracks from former Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood’s YouTube channel, which generate a whole lot of hundreds of views every time.
In South London a string of gangs are inter-locked in battles and rivalries that are thought to have led to a variety of deaths.
Certainly one of the most infamous gangs are the Harlem Spartans based mostly in Kennington, South London, who’re thought to deal medicine and produce a raft of drill music on-line.
They’ve gang members in jail whose music glorifying violence continues to be out there on YouTube and has been seen hundreds of thousands of occasions together with Samsondeen Falolu, 20, aka “TG Millian”, who’s serving 12 years for stabbing a rival after a automotive chase in 2017.
Millian was caged for 12 years years after he chased a gang rival in a automotive then smashed his means into a car to stab him in Denmark Hill, South London, final yr
The Harlem Spartans are based mostly in Kennington, South London
Falolu chased down his 24-year-old sufferer, smashing into a automotive he was travelling and repeatedly stabbing him whereas two different gang members have been individually caught with a loaded gun and a samurai sword.
And in July 18-year-old Spartans member Latwaan Griffiths was dumped off the again of a moped after being fatally stabbed in Camberwell, South London.
Griffiths, often known as SA or Splash (stab) Addict, had featured in Spartans music movies on-line and was understood to have been focused as he ready to hold out an assault himself.
Considered one of the group’s rappers Loski has gone on to launch a music profession and nonetheless options a picture of Griffiths on his Instagram web page which has greater than 173,000 followers.
It’s thought Griffiths was stabbed by members of the CT (Clap City) gang who’re allied to Brixton’s 410, based mostly in the Myatt’s Area social housing estates, and the older OJB (Previous Junction Boys).
Latwaan Griffiths was stabbed to dying in Camberwell, South London
Loski of the Harlem Spartans has launched a profitable music profession
Drill fan Drake posted a photograph with a caption from the Harlem Spartans monitor Kennington The place It Began
The OJB, based mostly in Clapham Junction’s Winstanley property which was the birthplace of storage act So Strong Crew, have music movies out there on YouTube and tracks on Apple and Spotify in which they are often heard goading rivals the Harlem Spartans.
One “diss” (insult) monitor titled “Madder than Mad” by members of the CT and OJB (Previous Junction Boys), together with rapper Burner, is aimed toward the Harlem Spartans gang and options on YouTube, with greater than 2.3million views, and Apple and Spotify.
In the monitor Burner alludes to an incident in which a Spartans member was crushed in jail, rapping: “Don’t be getting it twisted cos man just mashed up a Spartan.”
“Burner” options in a music video for the monitor “Madder than Mad”, which can also be out there on Apple and Spotify
The Winstanley Property in Clapham Junction is residence to the OJB and described as considered one of the UK’s worst 100 sink estates
The CT gang, based mostly in Clapham City, are additionally rivals of the Decrease Tulse Hill group, and – together with Brixton gangs – have claimed duty for the brutal stabbing on Monday of 16-year-old LTH member John Ogunjobi, whose rapper identify is JaySav.
The LTH gang, based mostly in the Tulse Hill Property and previously TN1 (Belief No One), are allied with the Harlem Spartans who’re additionally near Moscow 17, based mostly in South London’s Brandon property in Walworth – one other group which has had two members killed this yr.
They embrace a rapper killed near the Brandon property, for which one man has been charged with homicide, and 17-year-old rapper Rhyhiem Barton who was gunned down in Might whereas he performed soccer with buddies in Kennington.
Rhyhiem, generally known as GB, had featured in rap movies uploaded to YouTube earlier than his dying which challenged rivals from the Peckham-based Zone 2 gang, saying “how you gonna make it even”.
Mr Barton was a member of the Moscow17 drill crew, in line with studies
A member of Moscow 17 was murdered near their Brandon Property house in Walworth, South London, this yr
The household of John O denied claims he was a part of the LTH drill rap group
The Zone 2 gang, who’re warring with Moscow 17 most lately over the 2017 homicide of Abdirahman Mohamed, 17, whose brother was a member of Zone 2, have taunted their rivals by filming a monitor “Zone 2 Step” on their territory.
They’re distinct from older, infamous gangs in Peckham reminiscent of the Peckham Boys (PYG), GMG and SN1 who’ve been concerned in a string of shootings and higher-level drug operating over the years.
A gangs supply informed Solar On-line: “These youngsters are sometimes in school or college – they’re simply regular guys beefing one another for one thing to do and since they all the time have.
“It’s mindless stuff and is all linked to where they’re from – some of them are very low level drug dealers but that’s not why they do this. The music videos are so they can look big and impress their mates.”
Over in West London one other group of gangs are battling for supremacy with sources claiming they’re concerned in extra critical crime and drug dealing than their South London counterparts.
Two of the most lively gangs warring with one another are the 12 World group on the White Metropolis property in Shepherd’s Bush and Ladbroke Grove’s 1011 gang.
The 1011 gang got Felony Behaviour Orders (CBOs)
5 members of the 1011 gang have been caught in November 2017 heading out to assault rivals from the 12 World group and have been convicted in June over the deliberate machete and baseball bat assault.
In a landmark ruling, the decide in the case banned the group from making references to dying and violence in future music tracks or social media posts for 5 years together with the homicide of rival 19-year-old Abdullahi Tarabi, referred to as Teewiz.
Members of the gang have beforehand appeared on Westwood’s YouTube channel and the group racked up greater than 15 million YouTube views on their movies earlier than they have been deleted with one report label even providing to work with them.
In the meantime the 12 World gang are actively concerned in drug dealing and Solar On-line revealed in June how acid attacker Xeneral Webster, 19, was in reality a machine gun-toting drug vendor and a member of the group.
Acid attacker Webster may be seen holding what seems to be a mac gun
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And in North London gangs Northumberland Park, generally known as NPK, from the property in Tottenham, the OFB (Unique Farm Boys) from the Broadwater Farm property, and Wooden Inexperienced teams are understood to be preventing amongst themselves.
Additionally they produce drill rap music movies that are circulated on-line in an try and goad their rivals.
The feuds led to the tragic demise of Tanesha Melbourne, 17, in June when a drive-by capturing was carried out by one in every of the gangs in Tottenham.
Detective Superintendent Mike West stated: “The Met have been monitoring the improve in the variety of movies that incite violence since September 2015.
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“The gangs attempt to outrival one another with the filming and content material – what seems like a music video can truly include specific language with gangs threatening one another. There are gestures of violence, with hand alerts suggesting they’re firing weapons and graphic descriptions of what they might do to one another.
“We aren’t looking for to suppress freedom of expression by way of any type of music, and we solely ask for movies to be eliminated which we consider increase the danger of violence. We’ve got been working with Google to take down a few of the movies which they’ve executed after approaches from us.
“Partnership working with organisations reminiscent of YouTube and Google is a key a part of how we handle this going ahead and we’ll proceed to work with them to discover how we will deal with the difficulty.”