"We've got all the evidence we need to demonstrate that rapper music is being used to lure youth into a life of crime."
Following the news that rap music has been banned from this year's Sydney Royal Easter Show following last year's stabbing death, NSW Police have doubled down on the bizarre rule, saying artists like ONEFOUR were hired by bikie gangs to encourage youth into a life of crime.
ICYMI: Ride operators at this year's Sydney Royal Easter Show have been instructed not to play rap music in a bid to crack down on violence at the annual event after 17-year-old carnival worker Uati “Pele” Faletolu was tragically stabbed to death in the middle of a crowd in 2022.
The attack sparked concerns about safety at the event, which attracts thousands of families each year. In response, police will also beef up their presence at the show and implement additional security measures.
Now, Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith has named Australia's Comanchero Motorcycle Club and Mount Druitt drill rap group ONEFOUR as part of the reason rap music has been banned at this year's Easter Show.
"So the Comanchero bikie gang last year, particularly and proactively procured youths through rapper music," he said.
"They hired a fellow ... and through rapper music investment they procured a significant youth gang problem to carry out violent crime.
"So KVT, ONEFOUR, all those gangs were carrying out serious violent crime on behalf of the Comanchero gang, we've got all the evidence we need to demonstrate that rapper music is being used to lure youth into a life of crime."
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Assistant Commissioner Smith said, from their investigations, it was "very clear that these people will not leave each other alone".
It's just one of the strict new rules police will put into action when the show opens its doors on April 6 at the Sydney Showground.
According to the Daily Telegraph, in addition to the rap music ban, lighting has been increased, anyone being "anti-social" will be immediately evicted and the event will now finish up at the new time of 9.30 pm.
NSW Police have also set up Strike Force APACE in order to identify "dangerous individuals" linked to Sydney's postcode wars and ban them from attending the event, with Smith saying, “Community safety is our number one priority – and with that in mind – police will be out in numbers at the show."
“The message is simple: anyone looking for trouble is not welcome, and will be dealt with accordingly.”