Ex-rapper Simeon Moore, who was known as Zimbo and is a former gang member, said the BBC’s 1Xtra radio station is condoning and fueling “black-on-black” violence by broadcasting drill songs, The Evening Standard reported on Thursday.
The former gangster is making a documentary about the music genre’s role in the ongoing crime surge and warned that the BBC is happy to broadcast tracks peddling violence as long as it’s “black-on-black.”
Drill songs, which are under the subset of trap music, typically feature graphic and threatening lyrics associated with crime, and can sometimes target rival gangs or individuals.
A BBC 1Xtra spokesperson said it chooses which songs to play based on “musical merit, lyrical suitability and tone,” and said they take their editorial guidelines very seriously.
"I want to know what these strict editorial guidelines are, because from where I’m standing, it’s as if it’s OK to speak about violence if it’s black-on-black violence,” the ex-rapper said.
Earlier this month, a judge placed restrictions on the lyrics and videos of a well-known drill group, potentially setting a precedent for other judges in the UK to follow to tackle this controversial genre of music.