Whilst the causes and consequences of the London Riots are indeed complex, and certainly deeper than a lot of the emotive kneejerk comments coming from government and other sources might suggest, it is clear that some powerful songs based in grime, hip hop and rap have captured the mood of at least some sections of the rioters. Take for example the powerful track from 2 K Kolderz They Will Not Control Us which starts:
Dear Mr Prime Minister …
We’re living like shit in this country, while you’ve got your feet up living nice and comfy
Well we know where the problem is, the people acknowledge this: stand up to the politics.
Fuck the Government
I’ve had enough of them.
A very different example is the a cappella UK Riots by Genesis Elijah.