Leader of banned drill gang caged for planned machete attack gloats on Instagram account from jail cell

Isaac Marshall, 18, was convicted last week with four others of planning a machete and baseball attack on rival gang members.

Marshall – who goes under the rap name Mskum – is a leading member of the 1011 gang who have starred on controversial DJ Tim Westwood’s YouTube channel.

They racked up more than 15 million YouTube views on their videos before they were deleted and one record label had offered to work with them because of their popularity.

But in a legal first they have been banned from making new music without Scotland Yard's authorisation and cannot write lyrics deemed to "encourage violence".

Now a Sun probe has discovered that rapper Marshall, from Ladbroke Grove, West London, has been posting images from inside prison on his private Instagram account and gloating he will be out soon – and that the group will be making music again.

One of the posts includes a recording of a phone call in which he claims that he and his associates have been unfairly persecuted by police – despite pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit violent disorder.

One message on the account to more than 8,000 followers uploaded a picture of a phone which plays the message: "Listen yeah, brother, it's Mskum, man.

"Don't believe f****** racist police, man, they're racist, man, they just shut down the mandem [gang members], brother, the mandem will be home soon, they're trying to make it look murder."

In the recording he later adds: "We'll get new music out soon and kill it."

In March, an associate posted a video of a phone call from Marshall, reportedly made from prison while on remand, which called for him and fellow gang members to be released.

And the rapper can be seen in a snap posted on Instagram on May 21 in which he poses with an associate outside a prison cell and making a "W" hand gesture.

The caption on the photo reads: "Free me, free 1011."

In another image, posted on April 11, he can be seen inside a prison cell while being held on remand pending his trial.

He received a two-year detention order after being arrested with other gang members carrying machetes and baseball bats as they were about to launch an attack on a rival drill gang called 12 Worlds from Shepherds Bush.

The other gang members sentenced were Micah Bedeau, 19, who performs as "Horrid1", Yonas Girma, 21, who is known as "TY", Jordan Bedeau, 17, known as "Sav O" and Rhys Herbert, 17,  known as "Digga D".

After their sentencing they were slapped with Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBOs) that ban them from mentioning death or injury in songs or on their social media accounts.

They are also required to notify cops of any new music videos or upcoming shows.

An analysis of videos on the main drill music channel on YouTube, called Pressplay Media – before many of 1011's video were removed – showed that group's videos were watched 411,591 times over a two-month period.

The gang were caught "red-handed" on 9 November 2017 after a two-year anti-gang operation by Met police.

The planned attack was in retaliation to a YouTube video of the grandmother of the Bedeau brothers being harassed.

It emerged during the trial that the major record label Polydor had offered to work with the group due to the popularity its videos, in spite of the violence that celebrated in them.

The gang attracted headlines in April when it was reported that they celebrated the murder of a teenager in Northolt, north-west London, Abdullahi Tarabi, in a YouTube video on a channel run by the DJ Tim Westwood.

In one of the most recent 1011 videos, called "Anti", a rapper called Russ talks about throwing acid in a girl's face and shooting a rival.

He says: "M Splash that man f*** up the place, Paigan b**** just acid her face, Man try run then give him a chase, Ching [shoot] mans back, face flat on the pave."

How drill music is fuelling London's murder epidemic

DRILL originated in Chicago earlier this decade, helping to make the city one of America’s most violent with 650 murders last year.

Recently, a grittier style emerged in South London that draws on grime and other genres.

Former Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood has promoted the genre by hosting drill videos on his YouTube channel.

Drill lyrics usually glorify violence and gang culture.

Some feuding gangs have recorded "diss tracks", insulting each other online as an incitement to tit-for-tat violence.

The music has been blamed in part for the surge in murders and maimings in London.

Last month one grieving father branded drill "demonic" and said videos were a "rehearsal" for the murder of his son Jermaine Goupall, 15, last August in Thornton Heath, West London.

The killer was drill artist M-Trap 0, real name Junior Simpson, 17.

A judge told him: "You wrote lyrics in your phone that predicted the exact type of crime that took place."

In April another judge cited drill's "malign influence" as he jailed four thugs for the murder of Mahamed Hassan, 17, in Battersea, South West London.

Drill videos were used as evidence against Reial Phillips, known as Lynch, who was jailed for 27 years in 2016 for a series of non-fatal shootings in Birmingam.

And diss tracks posted by two rival East London gangs were at the heart of another murder trial after Rikell Rogers, known as Dubsy, murdered Marcel Addai, 17, in Hackney in 2015.

Scotland Yard has tried to prevent drill gigs and asked YouTube to take down more than 50 videos that it says promote gang violence.

The video has been removed from the Pressplay channel – but copies remain elsewhere on YouTube.

Met chief Cressida Dick has warned that gangs who goad rivals through rap videos could provoke violence “within minutes".

Britain’s knife and gun epidemic this year has resulted in more than 70 people murdered in the capital alone.

Earlier this month, The Sun revealed that Tim Westwood could have raked in as much as £1.9million from the videos hosted on his YouTube channel.

After The Sun contacted the Ministry of Justice the account was removed from Instagram.

A Prison Service spokeswoman said: "We’re already investing £2 million across the prison estate to find and block mobiles – and we’ve now removed this content and Instagram has closed his account. Prisoners found using a mobile can face extra time behind bars."

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