Krept & Konan’s thought provoking ‘Ban Drill’ campaign, leads to Parliamentary debate
Last week Krept & Konan released their new single ‘Ban Drill’ which questions the state and police’s use of UK drill music as a scapegoat for violent crime.
They released the track alongside a short film – directed by Rapman and featuring appearances from Dig Dat, Headie One, Unknown T, D Block Europe and K-Trap – which depicts the way that drill provides a creative outlet for marginalised youth, as well as a Change.org campaign against the censorship of musicians (which you can sign here).
“We wrote ban drill to explain a serious reality that many artists have to face,” say Krept & Konan of the track. “We knew Rapman was the perfect person to paint this picture for us with a short film in the way we needed to get our message across.”
This week the South London duo were invited into parliament by Diane Abbott, MP of Hackney North and Stoke Newington and Shadow Home Secretary, to discuss the issue further, alongside Hattie Collins, Channel 4 News reporter Symeon Brown and Skengdo X AM (who were the first artists in British legal history to be sentenced for performing a song earlier this year).
“There was violence before Drill. If we stop Drill right now, is it going to end? Drill is being used as a scapegoat,” states Krept. “We need to tackle the situation with alternative routes. We need support. We need to invest in our communities. Invest in things that will help these young kids, teach them new things, how to do other things. Stopping them from doing things they like, when music is a way out, is not going to help the situation.”
Press play on the thought provoking visual above, and support ‘Ban Drill’ via your preferred streaming service.