Bushfire relief rap concert cancelled due to fear of gang fights taking place
OneFour: one of the rap outfits that was set to perform at the Ausrap fundraiser.
A concert whose proceeds were to go to bushfire relief has been cancelled due to fears of gang wars taking place during the gig.
The ‘Ausrap’ organised fundraiser was set to be held in Sydney on February 28 and was expected to feature prolific Australian rap artists including 21 District and controversial Polynesian outfit OneFour, who reportedly hold connections to rival groups accused of criminal gang activity.
Strike Force Raptor officers moved quickly to cancel the concert which was going to donate all profits to the National Bushfire Disaster Appeal.
At the centre of the drama is the genre known as ‘drill’ music, which is defined by its dark, often violent lyrical content aimed towards rival rap bands.
Many of these rival groups are based in Sydney’s inner west and greater west suburbs.
21 District rapper A1 has said things have been blown out of proportion and that the concert was going to be held to help express what life is like for young Polynesian men growing up in disadvantaged areas, while raising funds for a good cause.