UK drill crew 67 have criticised police and media for “scapegoating" their genre, according to an open letter sent to The Fader by group member Dimzy.
"Whilst I see that media need to give the general public answers, and authorities have to publicly be seen to do something about violence and crime, I don’t think it is right to blame or alienate one music genre as a scapegoat," the statement reads.
Dimzy goes on to question why other forms of entertainment that glorify illegal activities— such as film, TV and video games— are not also in the line of fire.
The conflict between producers, rappers and promoters of UK drill and legal authorities continues as numerous videos that were removed from YouTube in May have resurfaced on Pornhub.
Five members of UK drill group 1011 have been banned from making drill music without police permission following a new and unprecedented court order was passed last week.