How NSW Police stopped OneFour with anti-outlaw tactics
December 14, 2019
OneFour aren’t so much the scourge of NSW police. They’re enemy No. 1 to a force that is taking unprecedented measures to take down the hip-hop outfit.
That’s the picture painted by a new ABC investigation, which explores the hype and hate surrounding the Sydney rappers, and the unorthodox means police have used to shut them out.
In the expose, the Corporation reveals law enforcement are leaning on laws designed to target outlaw motorcycle gangs and terrorists, and confirmed the group’s national tour was cancelled following coordinated police intervention.
Officers from NSW’s Strike Force Raptor have even approached streaming music services to have OneFour’s music scrubbed from their catalogues. None have obliged.
Watch OneFour’s ‘Spot the Difference’:
For the first time, NSW Police admitted it forced the hand of venues around the country. “We are shutting down their concerts, but it’s to stop the violence. We haven’t had it since the concerts have been shut down,” Sergeant Trueman, an officer with NSW’s Strike Force Raptor, is quoted as saying.
Trueman likened the drill act to a biker gang. “If the Comancheros started singing a song and trying to call out and provoke the Hells Angels, and they wanted a concert, the public would expect us to shut that down,” he reportedly said.
Ten years ago, after a motorcycle gang kicked off a fight at Sydney Airport, NSW Police initiated Strike Force Raptor, a specialist taskforce targeting outlaw gangs and “associated criminal enterprises.”
Now, Raptor is working with the newly-created Strike Force Imbara to probe the war between greater-west and inner-west groups and their links to hip-hop artists, OneFour included.
Watch OneFour’s ‘The Message’:
OneFour’s four date The Beginning tour of Australia in November-December was meant to be their big moment, converting a massive online following into ticket and merch sales.
One by one, the Australian dates were pulled after police expressed “safety concerns” and venues declaring “unavoidable circumstances” (the New Zealand leg went ahead).
Now, two members of the Mount Druitt act are behind bars and its manager is banned from interacting with the rappers.
Buzz around the group hasn’t died down. They’ve amassed over 30 million streams on Spotify and 27 million views on YouTube. Earlier this week, YouTube unveiled its top 10 Trending Music Videos from Australian Artists for the year 2019. The controversial group appeared three times on the list, at No. 2 (‘Spot the Difference’), No. 3 (‘The Message’) and No. 7 (‘Ladz in the Hood’). Only Tones And I’s ‘Dance Monkey’ placed higher.
Sergeant Trueman is adamant OneFour won’t have a national platform.
He told Background Briefing, “I’m going to use everything in my power to make your life miserable, until you stop doing what you’re doing… Every aspect of your life. I’m going to make it uncomfortable for you.”
Watch OneFour’s ‘Ladz In The Hood’:
Pitched as a look “Inside the battle between Australian drill rappers OneFour and the police,” the ABC and its reporter Osman Faruqi draw parallels between the unprecedented operations here, and other efforts to stop the music in the U.S. and U.K.
Read the report here.
IT’S WAR ON HIP-HOP IN NSWIt’s no longer a conspiracy fam. NSW Police Force is actively working against Onefour
December 13, 2019
⚠️⚠️ IT’S WAR ON HIP-HOP IN NSW
It’s no longer a conspiracy fam. NSW Police Force is actively working against Onefour per ABC News 🐽
This is unprecedented in AUS 😣😣😣
OneFour Allegedly Banned From ARIA Awards Venue Following Tour Cancellation
According to The Music’s report, NSW Police confirmed they had “provided advice to the venue”.
The Daily Telegraph reported that the group’s management had said police visited “the homes of two band members to ban them from attending [the] ARIA Awards venue, and their local shopping centre, via exclusion orders”.
OneFour announced the cancellation of their tour via Instagram. “Our entire national tour has now been cancelled. Our fans have never caused any issue at our concerts. So why can’t you see us perform?
“Making and performing music is not a crime. And when they tell you you’ve got to make a better future for yourself why do they want to trap you in your past?”
“New single out in January. We’ll keep it moving forward. Much love to all the people who have stood up and shouted out their support.”
Triple j’s Hack obtained a letter sent to the Melbourne venue who were supposed to be hosting OneFour last week. Sent by Victoria Police, the letter said that the police held concern, “The concerns relate to OneFour’s affiliation with members of interstate gangs. These gangs have been involved in multiple shootings, stabbings, brawls and serious assaults in New South Wales.”
“Please be advised that if incidents of violence and disorder continue to occur at your premises after having been warned of these concerns, consideration will be given to making an application to the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation to vary, suspend or cancel the licence.
“I am informed that interstate events involving this performer have been cancelled. I am respectfully requesting that you give due consideration and re-consider cancelling this event at your premises.”
OneFour are still set to play a sold out show in Auckland early next month.
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OneFour Have Now Been Forced To Cancel Their Sydney Show Next Month
This month, Western Sydney drill rap collective OneFour were supposed to be on their first national headline tour across the country, performing in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Perth.
Now, the group’s Sydney show, which was scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 10th December at the Enmore Theatre, has been cancelled as well.
“Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, this event has been cancelled. All patrons will be contacted related to refunds,” wrote the Enmore Theatre this morning.
“Live Nation, Onefour and we at The Enmore Theatre apologise for any inconvenience caused.”
Taking to Instagram yesterday, OneFour vented their frustrations about the string of cancellations over the past week.
“There’s a bigger issue for us,” the collective wrote.
“This continues a pattern of concert cancellations which deny us a platform to perform and single out our fan base. To be clear there has been no incident at any of our live concerts and why the band would want or allow that to change for our fans does not make any sense.
“Right now our management are trying to sit down with NSW Police to sort this out. Don’t lash out online or elsewhere as it plays into the hands of those that would vilify us. But do continue to listen to us online because many of those platforms still believe in the right of expression and free speech.”
Watch the video for OneFour’s ‘In The Beginning’ below.
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Rap group OneFour says national tour now ‘unlikely to proceed’, points finger at police
November 26, 2019
The popular western Sydney rap group says its national tour will likely be cancelled after venues around the country pulled their billings due to “pressure from the NSW Police”.
Noveber 26, 2019
OneFour forced to cancel Australian shows amid police pressure
November 26, 2019
The censorship of Western Sydney drill royalty OneFour by the police continues. The group have now been forced to cancel their scheduled Melbourne and Adelaide shows after police expressed “safety concerns.”
This isn’t the first time that OneFour have been forced to cancel a show as a result of police intervention. In August, their scheduled performance with Octavian was “shut down” by NSW police after they alleged that the genre incites gang violence.
“This is the third time the NSW Police have pressured the venue we were due to perform at and it’s getting fkn frustrating,” the band shared at the time, per MusicFeeds. “They want us to get us off the street, yet they won’t give us a chance to. We’ve played three shows with no problems, yet they’re still trying to shut us down.”
As ABC reports, court documents acquired by Background Briefing see police allege that the group are connected to an ongoing turf war between groups in Sydney’s inner west and greater west. The NSW Police force forged Strike Force Imbara to investigate the beef, and to look at how crime may be influenced by “rap culture.” Consequently, Strike Force Imbara has raised concerns about public safety with venues.
OneFour have shared a series of posts addressing the cancellations.
“There’s a bigger issue for us is this continues a pattern of concert cancellations which deny us a platform to perform and single out our fan base,” the band shared on Instagram.
“To be clear there has been no incident at any of our live concerts and why the band would want or allow that to change for our fans does not make any sense.
“Right now our management are trying to sit down with NSW Police to sort this out. Don’t lash out online or elsewhere as it plays into the hands of those that would vilify us.”
As it stands, the groups remaining shows at Sydney and Perth are yet to be cancelled, though fans are worried that they will meet the same fate. It’s disheartening to see that one of the most exciting, important acts in Australian hip hop history are being consistently shat on by cops, and all we can hope for is this situation to reach a swift resolution.
Popular YouTube rappers OneFour forced to cancel first national tour dates following police pressure
One of Australia’s most popular new musical acts has been forced to cancel the first two performances of their first national tour, with police raising concerns about public safety at the gigs.
Background Briefing understands the rest of the tour is unlikely to go ahead, though so far only the Melbourne and Adelaide shows have been cancelled.
OneFour, which hails from Mount Druitt in Sydney’s west, has cancelled this Wednesday’s scheduled performance in Adelaide. It follows the cancellation of the tour’s opening show in Melbourne, which had been due to be performed last Sunday.
In a statement provided exclusively to Background Briefing, the group’s management said they believed the Melbourne show was cancelled at the request of NSW Police and accused police of “adopting a singularly youth-focused, ‘fear-based’ censorship strategy.”
OneFour’s management said the cancellations “set a dangerous precedent [with] police ultimately determining which artists can and can’t play at music venues in Australia.”
They also accuse the police of applying “improper pressure” to venue owners nationally.
OneFour Cancel Melbourne Headline Show
November 24, 2019
The Sydney hip hop outfit were preparing for the opening show of their first ever national tour, but took to Instagram to announce the show won’t go ahead.
“We’re devastated that due to issues beyond our control the Melbourne show has been cancelled at short notice,” reads the post.
They revealed there will be refunds, but the exact reason behind the cancellation was not revealed.
“While there will be full ticket refunds, OneFour and our management are disappointed about the timing of this and the impact it has on our fans.
“We hope to be on stage in Melbourne soon. We’ll keep you updated.”
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We’re devastated that due to issues beyond our control the Melbourne show has been cancelled at short notice. While there will be full ticket refunds, OneFour and our management are disappointed about the timing of this and the impact it has on our fans. We hope to be on stage in Melbourne soon. We’ll keep you updated.
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The promoters of the tour, Live Nation, also released a statement, but didn’t give any further details as to why the show won’t take place.
“Due to reasons beyond our control, Live Nation have been advised OneFour at 170 Russell can no longer take place,” said Live Nation, via triple j.
“All patrons will be contacted related to refunds which will be available directly via direct debit or point of purchase. Live Nation and OneFour apologise for any inconvenience caused.”
It’s not the first time OneFour have had a gig shut down. A scheduled gig in Sydney with London rapper Octavian was recently called off, allegedly due to pressure from NSW police.
Censorship and harassment from authorities have followed the Western Sydney act over the past few years, an experience not dissimilar to that of their drill rap counterparts in the UK and US.
MORE RAP SHOWS CANCELLED
August 17, 2019
After SYDNEY group Onefour recently had shows cancelled due to NSW Police Force activity, MELBOURNE Label 66Records have now been forced to cancel their upcoming show due to more than one extremely suspicious last minute venue issues ?