By KLTV Newsdesk –
A drill rap artist is facing condemnation and public outrage following the release of a new song, which include lyrics that appear to glorify the murder of a schoolboy in Huddersfield.
Booter Bee, a Huddersfield-based rapper with 28,000 YouTube subscribers, 57,000 Instagram followers, and 36,000 TikTok followers, has come under scrutiny for his latest release.
The track, titled “Dr Miami,” was published on 5 October and features explicit references to violence, shootings, guns, knives, and stabbings and has amassed over 365,000 views on YouTube.
More specifically, one line in the song appears to allude to the tragic murder of 15-year-old Khayri McLean, who lost his life in a gang-related stabbing incident outside North Huddersfield Trust School in September 2022.
Khayri’s death was a shocking and profoundly distressing event that sent shockwaves throughout the local community.
Booter Bee’s lyrics in the song read: “When the mandem chinged up jj (woah)/Should’ve seen how we butchered khayri (ooo)/ How I get round, shot up the party (bap)/ Can’t chill in the crowd and think that you’re safe, jump out and bullet the barbie’s (smoke dem).”
The reference to Khayri in the music video has been partially censored, and the video starts with a disclaimer that states: “This video and lyrical content is for entertainment purposes only. All lyrics are not to be taken literally, and no harm or discomfort is intended for the viewer.”
Despite the disclaimer, the controversial lyrics have raised concerns about the impact of such content on the impressionable minds of young listeners.
In a statement to YorkshireLive, Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman has said he will refer the video to the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police and also raise the issue in the House of Commons.
Many have argued that it’s crucial for artists to be socially responsible and avoid promoting harmful behaviours, especially when it involves real-life tragedies.
Community members, educators, and concerned citizens are calling for a broader conversation about the role of musicians and digital platforms in shaping public discourse and influencing the behaviour of young audiences.
The controversy surrounding Booter Bee’s latest song underscores the ongoing debate regarding the limits of artistic expression and the potential consequences of explicit content in popular culture.