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The Metropolitan Police is removing more rap videos from YouTube than ever before, with recent statistics showing a 1360% increase over the last three years, meaning thousands of aspiring artists have potentially been impacted. But little has been done to ascertain how effective the practice is at reducing serious youth violence. Here, Will Pritchard investigates what impact the takedowns are having on artists in the UK drill and rap scene

In November last year, North London rapper Chinx (OS) found himself at the centre of an unlikely storm. β€œIt was a bit surreal,” he says...