Artists Skengdo and AM have been suspended after breaking their ban on performing drill music.
Skengdo and AM have both pleaded guilty to breaching an interim gang injunction, set in August 2018, for performing drill music. They have been sentenced to nine months in jail, suspended for two years.
Regarding the injunction breach, the Metropolitan Police have said via a statement: “It was breached when they performed drill music that incited and encouraged violence against rival gang members and then posted it on social media.”
TK, the musician’s manager, has stated that neither Skengdo nor AM are involved in gang violence. Rather, he claims a video of one of their live performances was shared on the internet without their consent.
The interim injunction was set at Croydon County Court on 13 August 2018. The ban occurred because Skengdo and AM were members of a gang in Lambeth, and their music was allegedly linked to a rise in violence in the south London borough.
Multiple attempts have been made to crack down on the production of drill music over the past year. On 18 June 2018, UK drill group 1011 was banned from making music without police permission. Prior to this, in May 2018, the Metropolitan Police office requested that YouTube remove drill music videos from their platform.