Monday 31 August 2020
Why this story?
Drill music is not ignored, far from it, but it gets covered in a particular way; too often as an agent of violence, too rarely as a form of music in its own right.
Drill sits where cutting-edge black music has always sat, at an uncomfortable crossroads between Black cultural expression and oppressive policing. It’s part of the long history of Black artists struggling to make their voices heard. What it tells us about life in poor communities is important. What it’s done to the music industry is fascinating. Ceri Thomas, editor