Rap Rundown: #LondonIsOpen

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Firstly, it would be impossible to talk about last week’s UK rap and grime news without mentioning the Metropolitan Police’s decision to abolish Form 696. If you’re unfamiliar with Form 696, it’s a risk assessment procedure implemented in 2005 to improve safety standards at live music events in London. As part of this procedure, promoters and licensees were asked to complete a form when arranging events ‘predominantly featuring DJs and MCs performing to a recorded backing track’. As you can imagine, considering the specific type of live events they seemed to be targeting in the risk assessment, the Met were consequently accused of racially profiling urban music nights and in 2009, two questions that asked about the ethnic makeup of the show’s attendees and the genre of music being performed were removed. In 2014 BBK’s