Almost a week on since the death of model Harry Uzoka and since then, many artists have spoken out against knife crime in response to this particularly tragic incident. The most notable response being that of ‘Santan Dave’ tweets from the weekend -which have now been deleted – where he made some controversial suggestions that you wouldn’t expect from a Streatham – South London representin’ Black rapper.

He did go on to say – which I fully agree with…

First of all, I commend him for opening with “I hate police as much as anyone…”, but to suggest a return to random stop and searches was possibly a bit naive on his part. Without a doubt, that response to this otherwise broader social issue would result in the exact same corruption and abuse of power that lead to it’s demise. But, with that said, and despite that the tweets were eventually deleted, it’s good to see artists – and young people of influence sharing genuine opinions on serious social issues, and more importantly offering solutions. Yes, Dave possibly missed the mark slylee with that one, but his heart was in the right place and a man’s still young, and highly intelligent for his age; so we can give him the benefit of doubt on this occasion, still.


Some blame the music of today for this violent “epidemic”, and you could make the argument that the Drill music and gangster Rap glorifies the culture. But, when you consider that a large proportion of the artists making the music are in there teens/early 20s (SL for example who is only 15 years old) can you really blame them? Kids making music for themselves, by themselves, inspired the culture they’ve inherited from the hostile communities in which they live.

In short, Dave, I commend you for standing up and saying what you had to say knowing you’d get backlash for it, that was a brave move – despite the fact that you went on to delete your comments. It probably isn’t the right solution, but a valid suggestion. It’s about time more artists were socially conscious, and with more socially conscious music – particularly in the developing realms of “Spoken Word” on the fringes of UK Rap – this trend is one that; in it’s time of need is beckoning and burgeoning.

To be continued…



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