YouTube Kicking Drill to the Curb?

Damn, you’re really going to do the mandem like that YouTube? 

It has come to my attention that YouTube has taken down a handful of music videos under the “Drill” genre. As a result of police complaints, stating that it is causing the recent issue of increased crime in London.

Seems unfair that this is what is being done, victims of the forceful deletion have taken up appeals to have their videos put back up on the website. But if I’m being honest, I really don’t know how I feel about this… On one hand, it’s naive to believe that music is the main cause of the increased crime and deaths in the capital. But then, on the other hand, youths are easily influenced and there are a lot of  “gassed” (unnecessarily confident/cocky) youths walking around today, wanting to “prove a point” and the music seems to have fueled the desire to do so.

Everyone wants to be Al Capone nowadays, but I don’t see movies like “Scarface” or the Netflix hit series “Narcos” being targeted. Why is that?

Personally,  I don’t care for Drill. I don’t find it stimulating at all. However, there are people that listen to this genre without having malicious thoughts or being urged to break the law. Is it fair to deprive those people of the music because of those that aren’t acting accordingly?

The government need to think of ways to keep youths busy. Youth clubs, after-school clubs were instrumental when I was a kid because it gave me something to do outside of school. So I wasn’t just walking about on the street with nothing to do. A popular verse in the Bible: “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop” has never made so much sense to me before now.  How many youth clubs/extra-curricular activity centres have been closed down due to cuts that the government have made? Where has the money been going instead? You can’t say tax because have you seen the roads lately? Pothole galore, sometimes I feel like I’m back in Nigeria with the way the car gallops in and out of worn out tarmac.

To be honest, I don’t think crime rates have risen at all. I genuinely believe that the media have just decided to give it more coverage than they usually do. At the end of the day London has never been a completely safe place and that is a fact. Like any other city in the world. But it is clear that people want to make this genre of music the scapegoat for what is happening at the moment. Similar to how a lot of people we against Hip-Hop in the late 80’s and early 90’s because of its “glamorisation of violence and drugs“.

Then again, some of the lyrics that people are coming out with are ridiculous, I have heard things like “stabbing man in the chest and licking the blood off”. I’m sure you can tell that I’m paraphrasing, but it was along those lines. With shit like that on the internet, you can’t be surprised at the outcome.

The youth are literally the future, so we need to put more effort and thought into their development. Because at the moment, a lot of them are little shits with no sense of discipline. It will only get worse if something isn’t done and done fast.

God Bless.


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