Drill artists Skengdo and Drillminister have been at the forefront of a censorship row that’s been brewing in the UK since Skengdo and his music partner AM were handed an injunction last year, prohibiting them from performing lyrics which called out rival gang members. Now the artists have teamed up with the Russian artist Andrei Molodkin to spread their message further.
On Friday, against a backdrop of blood pumping through lyrics from banned or censored works, Drillminister, Skengdo, and AM premiered a new video for “The Media” at a charity event hosted by London’s Saatchi Gallery. The event raised money for Brixton Wings, an organization helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds forge careers in music. The artwork by Molodkin, who also directed the video, takes blood donated by volunteers and pumps it through 3D sculptures of censored lyrics, before projecting the dispersed bodily fluid on a wall behind.
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