All City

A regular column for British GQ telling stories from the fringes of London

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Loughborough Junction, South London. Photography:  Tristan Bejawn

Loughborough Junction, South London. Photography: Tristan Bejawn

The entire history of Top Boy, as told by its stars’ - for Dazed

As a Youth Worker, Food Is My Secret Weapon’ - for Vice

Akala talks to i-d about the relationship between racism and violence’ - for i-D

Knife crime is a national emergency. To solve it we need to look beyond the media frenzy’ - for British GQ

London’s Desi Pubs Are a Proud British-Indian Tradition’ - for Vice

what does britishness mean in 2019?’ - for i-D

‘Knife crime: What happened to Michael?’ - for BBC Stories

‘the people fighting to end knife crime for good’ for i-D

This East London women’s charity is fighting back against austerity - now, it’s future is under attack’ for Prospect Magazine

Q&A with George The Poet for Observer New Review

Mim Shaikh’s ‘Finding Dad’: One Man’s Exploration Of Fatherlessness’ for Complex UK

Inside the decline of London’s youth clubs’ for Thinking City

The war on our streets: boys in UK knife crime are like child soldiers. They need compassion’ for New Statesman

The two Brixtons’ for Prospect Magazine

Amid London’s knife crime epidemic, classical philosophy offers young people an alternative’ for Prospect Magazine

The ‘Hero’s Journey’ - a programme to improve professionalism in male students’ for Ark Blog

Paranthas and Parakeets: remembering grandma’s eternal kitchen’ for Media Diversified

Knife crime is rising - and we’re closing down the very places that could stop it’ for The Guardian

‘What Does Gentrification Mean To You?’ Asking Teenagers in Elephant and Castle’ for Novara Media

What’s the word p*ki between friends?’ for Media Diversified

A view from Brixton: how to bridge gentrification’s stark divide’ for New Statesman

Perspective: ‘Undies’ - youth, police and race in Brixton’ for CRACK

The hard knock life of British multiculturalism’ for New Statesman


UK drill producers M1 On The Beat & MK The Plug, Tottenham, May 2018.

UK drill producers M1 On The Beat & MK The Plug, Tottenham, May 2018.

‘UK drill rappers OFB: 'No one helps us round here. Music is the only way'‘ - for The Guardian (G2 cover story)

‘Stormzy: 'I’ve always had a sense of duty in my career'' - for British GQ

EarthGang makes otherworldly hip hop rooted in reality’ - for Huck Magazine

Jammer on the return of Lord Of The Mics and clashing as therapy’ for Red Bull Music

drill artists give blood in a provocative exhibition at london's saatchi gallery’ for i-D

Digga D's Drill Videos Were Banned, But Now He's Bigger Than Ever’ for Noisey

Bally On Me: Why UK rappers cover their faces’ for The Face

M Huncho’s In It For The Long Haul’ for Trench

The Return Of Lowkey: A Wide Ranging Interview With The UK MC’ for Noisey

MPs warn that grime music is under threat from institutionalised racism - it’s mostly their fault’ for The Independent Voices

AJ Tracey is One of London’s Most Respected MCs, Now He’s Going Global’ for Pigeons & Planes

Don’t censor drill music, listen to what it’s trying to tell us’ for The Guardian

Fredo: “I’ve Spent More Helping My Friends in Prison Than in Harrods”’ for Noisey

‘Young Urban Arts Foundation Is Changing Lives Through Music’ for DJ Mag

The future of UK drill’ for Red Bull Music

UK Rap vs The World’ for CRACK

67’s LD on the state of UK drill music’ for i-D

The Moral Panic Against UK Drill Is Deeply Misguided’ for Pitchfork

Voice of the streets: Kenny Allstar is bringing the UK drill scene together’ for Red Bull Music

How British Asians Impacted UK Rap (And Beyond)’ for Trench

The Artist Who Goes By “23”’ for Air Jordan

Steel Banglez is Making Crossover UK Rap Hits Without Sacrificing Any Authenticity’ for Pigeons & Planes

MK The Plug and M1 On The Beat are UK drill’s brightest hope’ for FACT

Nines in 9 Tracks’ for CRACK

Nines: Rise and Shine’ for CRACK

Don’t drop the mic: why music college SoundSkool must not be silenced’ for The Guardian

Treating drill rappers like terrorists is a colossal mistake’ for New Statesman

J Hus, Knife Crime and the Way the UK Mainstream Consumes Music’ for Noisey

Kanye West’s Donald Trump bromance is both attention-grabbing and chilling’ for New Statesman

Skengdo & AM Are the UK Drillers at the Top of Their Game’ for Noisey

Why Spotify’s ban on “hate content” isn’t solving the problem, it’s hiding from it’ for Shortlist

What makes young people carry knives? It’s not drill music for sure’ for The Guardian

UK Drill and Youth Violence: The Final Word’ for Trench

Get Familiar With UK Drill, the New Sound Exploding on the Streets of London’ for Pigeons & Planes

Skengdo & AM Are Breaking The System’ for Radar Radio

Them Pretty New Blocks: Drill Music and Gentrification in South London’ for CRACK

From Chicago to Brixton: The surprising rise of UK Drill’ for FACT

The resurgence of grime music exposes a new form of political disillusionment’ for New Statesman



What Israel’s gardens say about the occupation of the Palestinian people’ for British Journal of Photography

Early British Colonial Travellers Show Earliest Images of India’ for British Journal of Photography

Frantz Fanon’s psychology of race, in photographs’ for British Journal of Photography

Boys in the corner: Simon Wheatley’s images of Britain’s most exciting music subculture’ for British Journal of Photography

The New Medium: exhibiting the first photographs ever taken in India’ for British Journal of Photography

Dead on a sidewalk, martyred online’ for British Journal of Photography

Chris Steele-Perkins — A Place In The Country’ for British Journal of Photography



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UK drill music and youth violence for ITV News (August 2018)

UK drill music and youth violence for BBC London News (May 2018)

‘Does UK drill music incite violence?’ for ITV News (May 2018)

Gentrification for BBC London News (August 2017)


Male Body Confidence for BBC Asian Network (April 2019)

Desi Hiphop for BBC Asian Network (January 2019)

UK drill music for BBC Radio Scotland (October 2018)

Mixed-race identity for BBC Asian Network (August 2018)

Sunday Roast for Reprezent Radio (June 2018)

Moral Maze debate about ‘Gang Culture’ for BBC Radio 4 (June 2018)

Should UK drill artists be treated like terrorists? for LBC (May 2018)

Explaining UK drill music for BBC Radio Scotland (May 2018)

Gorillaz’ Sunday Roast Special for Reprezent Radio (December 2017)

Public Speaking

Drill music and Youth Justice Practice, Sound Connections: Inclusive Practice In Action (conference speaker) (February 2019)

Panel discussion: Drill, crime and race: what is inciting violence on London’s streets? Battle of Ideas, Barbican (October 2018)

Panel discussion with P Money, Carns Hill & A.G. about black music & censorship, for Trench Magazine x Free Word Centre (September 2018)