Do you remember Eminem’s 2000 track ‘Kim’? Of course you do, it’s a jaunty little ditty that provides a fictional account of the rapper bestowing unspeakable acts of violence against his then-wife. Needless to say, it’s arguably one of the more violent mainstream songs you’ll find anywhere. However, there’s every chance this track could be the next on the chopping block, with YouTube beginning to remove “violent” videos from its service that appear to contribute to gang behaviour.
As the BBC report, UK police have begun to request the removal of a number of videos from YouTube, with the video service revealing they have complied with the demands, removing more than 30 clips.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has revealed the she believes a number of ‘drill’ videos – that is, a Chicago-born subgenre of trap music whose lyrics focus on dark, violent matters – to be responsible for a growing trend of murders and violent crime in London.
“Drill music is associated with lyrics which are about glamourising serious violence: murder, stabbings,” explained Dick in an interview earlier this month. “They describe the stabbings in great detail, joy and excitement. Extreme violence against women is often talked about.”
“Most particularly, in London we have gangs who make drill videos and in those videos, they taunt each other. They say what they’re going to do to each other and specifically what they are going to do to who.”