Wild life of rapper jailed over machete fight & whose songs are checked by cops

HE is a notorious drill rapper who has been ordered to get clearance from police to release music after singing about violence with rivals.

Rhys Herbert – AKA Digga D – from West London is no stranger to trouble and was jailed last year for his role in planning a terrifying machete and knife brawl with a rival gang.

Rhys Herbert, known as Digga D, is no stranger to controversy

Rhys Herbert, known as Digga D, is no stranger to controversyCredit: BBC / Lambent Productions

The 21-year-old has been shooting a video in the United Arab Emirates, which he posted on social media. 

Back home in Britain, he has been ordered to get clearance from the Metropolitan police to release music.

In March last year, he was handed a two-and-a-half year sentence for his role in planning a terrifying machete and knife fight with a rival gang.

In a picture posted on social media Herbert, 19, part of the Ladbroke Grove gang, posed outside jail after being released towards the end of May because of time spent on remand.

In June 2018, he was among a mob caged for a machete attack plot on rivals in Notting Hill.

In a landmark ruling, the judge banned him and other members of the 1011 street gang from producing videos that glorified or incited violence without police approval under a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO).

But a pal said: “He may be under strict restrictions but he has no intention of keeping his mouth shut.”

Herbert was associated with the ultra-violent 1011 and is a member of a rap crew known as CGM.

They have racked up millions of views on YouTube.

Police say drill rap videos on YouTube can incite violence and play a significant role in inter-gang violence including murder among London gangs.

Herbert has a fanatical legion of followers.

Two of them have been previously arrested for hacking into the Met’s official Twitter account and using it to post messages demanding his release from prison.

One hacker posted: “FREE DIGGA D ON FOENEM GANG.”

 An image posted on social media show him swigging from a bottle of booze in front of a Welcome Home sign
An image posted on social media show him swigging from a bottle of booze in front of a Welcome Home signCredit: Instagram / pyr3xliving

 He shared a snap from a recording studio after his release from jail last month
He shared a snap from a recording studio after his release from jail last monthCredit: Instagram / pyr3xliving

 Rhys Herbert, rapping as Digga D, points his hands in a mock gun gesture in a drill rap video

Rhys Herbert, rapping as Digga D, points his hands in a mock gun gesture in a drill rap videoCredit: YouTube

 The 1011 gang were caught by cops with a haul of weapons in November, 2017

The 1011 gang were caught by cops with a haul of weapons in November, 2017Credit: Metropolitan Police

Herbert was convicted for his part in a street brawl in Westminster and sentenced to two years and six months.

Seven rival gang members were caged for more than 17 years over the vicious knife and machete fight in front of terrified shoppers.

He pleaded guilty to violent disorder and breaches of a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) and was released last month.

Photos posted on Instagram show him swigging from a bottle of booze in front of a Welcome Home sign, posing in a pal’s car and sporting a designer watch as he toasted his freedom.

In 2018, Herbert made a violent drill rap music video weeks after his release — with police approval.

The video shows him and another yob bragging of stabbings and shootings.

The Sun discovered the Met Police permitted the new vid and allowed it on YouTube after the duo, who appear with CGM, were set free.

A police spokesman said: “The Met is satisfied the video does not constitute a breach of the CBO.”

Herbert and other members of the 1011 gang previously appeared on ex-BBC Radio One DJ Tim Westwood’s YouTube channel.

Police let banned drill gang make violent video weeks after jail release and claim lyrics about stabbings and shotguns are NOT breach of order

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