Bushfire relief music concert with Australian rappers is canceled due to fear of public safety
- The concert’s profit would be on its way to the National Bushfire Disaster Appeal
- Some artists have connections with alleged criminal gang activity
- The charity concert received attention from Strike Force Raptor officers
- The police cited the texts of the group for a reason behind the safety concerns
- But NSW Police refuted claims that they had forced the pub to cancel the event
A charity concert with bushfire with notorious Australian rap groups was canceled after the attention of the anti-gang task force was drawn.
Strike Force Raptor officers were concerned about public safety at the Ausrap fundraiser, who promised to donate all profits to the National Bushfire Disaster Appeal.
The 28 February performance was said to contain ‘drill’ music, a genre defined by dark, violent, nihilistic lyrical content.
Some of the featured artists, including 21 District, allegedly have connections with rival groups accused of criminal gang activity and demand the attention of the police.
Some of the recommended artists, including 21 District (photo), have connections with alleged criminal gang activity, which draws the attention of the police
The 28 February performance is said to contain ‘drill’ music, a genre defined by dark, violent, nihilistic lyrical content
Strike Force Raptor officers were concerned about public safety at the Ausrap fundraiser, who promised to donate all winnings to the National Bushfire Disaster Appeal
The police have cited the texts of the group for a reason behind the safety concerns and claim that their music incites violence between rival gangs.
21 District rapper A1, whose group represents the interior of Sydney, denied that their lyrics promote violence, and said their songs tell a story about their lives as young Polynesian men.
“We rap about our truths. If we were to write a book or whatever about what we experienced, I am pretty sure the police would not do their best to prevent the book from coming out, “AI said Nine news.
‘This is all for charity. We try to help as well as possible and that is through our music. We have a platform and we are trying to use it in a positive way to help those affected by the forest fires, but the police don’t see that. “
Managers at the Potts Point Hotel in Sydney, where the performance was to take place, are equally frustrated by the police decision to stop fundraising.
However, the New South Wales police refuted claims that they had forced the pub to cancel the event.
“Although the police provide safety and security advice to locations, promoters, and other stakeholders prior to major events, the decision as to whether or not to continue the action rests with the relevant location and event promoter.”
A1 compared the fate of his group with that of the American hip-hop group NWA, which was targeted by the authorities in the late 1980s because of their controversial song ‘F ** k the Police’.
He said that all ‘street rappers’ are hit by the shake down and claimed that the police are blocking their dreams of recording artists.
The OneFour gang of Mount Druitt (photo) is a rival of 21 District