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The BBC “glorified violence” by playing rap and referring to the use of guns and knives after Notting Hill’s death

BBC Radio 1Xtra “glorified violence” by playing grime rap songs referring to the use of guns and knives after the stabbing at Notting Hill Carnival

  • Critics have slammed the BBC for being lax in allowing the music to play
  • Sir Spiro performed pre-season of So Large with lyrics “I do drug dealer anthems”
  • Takayo Nembhard, a 21-year-old rapper, was stabbed to death at the carnival

A BBC radio station repeatedly played grime rap songs that openly glorified gang violence before and after the Notting Hill carnival where a man was stabbed to death.

Critics accuse the corporation of being too lax in allowing the music to play and claiming it legitimizes violence.

Music broadcast on BBC 1Xtra described violent clashes between gangs with references to the use of firearms and knives.

On the eve of last weekend’s carnival, which saw more than 200 arrests, stabbings and one suspected murder, Act So Large host Sir Spiro performed pre-season with lyrics that began: ‘I do drug dealer anthems, come from one Drug dealer family, re-up come from Los Angeles, born and raised in Tower Hamlets. . . You swing your fist, you swing your gun, anything. . . I have a pair of toes you don’t want to step on. . .’

BBC 1Xtra has been accused of playing songs glorifying gang violence during the carnival, despite the fatal stabbing of a man. Pictured: flowers at the scene of the fatal stabbing at the Notting Hill Carnival

BBC 1Xtra has been accused of playing songs glorifying gang violence during the carnival, despite the fatal stabbing of a man. Pictured: flowers at the scene of the fatal stabbing at the Notting Hill Carnival

And just hours after Takayo Nembhard, a 21-year-old rapper from Bristol, was stabbed to death at last Monday’s carnival, DJ Snoochie Shy performed a tune dubbed “Carnival After Party Spesh!” on her show.

It read, “I aim, I’m a sniper. I met that. Outside with the Trapboys. Also circle the block with shooters. . . ‘

The BBC beeps swear words but does not remove phrases that glorify the use of guns and knives.

Critics accuse the corporation of being too lax in allowing the music to play and claiming it legitimizes violence. Pictured: The scene of the carnal stabbing at Ladbroke Grove

Critics accuse the corporation of being too lax in allowing the music to play and claiming it legitimizes violence. Pictured: The scene of the carnal stabbing at Ladbroke Grove

Former gang member Simeon Moore, an ex-Birmingham rapper known as Zimbo, criticized the BBC.

He said: “I want to know what those strict editorial guidelines are. From my point of view, it’s okay to talk about violence when it’s about violence on black.

“Urban gang wars are deadly, destroying lives and entire communities. So when the UK’s largest urban radio station plays music that legitimizes these activities, it really means that these things have become a part of our everyday lives.”

The BBC has been contacted for comment.

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Emma Colton

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