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A prison rapper who boasts about knifing rival gangs was once the star of a schoolboy documentary.
Halil Karagozlu’s drill raps are recorded on illegal mobile phones behind bars and posted on YouTube where they have a strong following with one video having over 200,000 views.
Karagozlu, 20, has been rapping under the name Baby while he serves a six and half years for his role in a county lines drug gang, reports the Daily Mirror.
Yet he was already courting the limelight if in a less dangerous fashion back in 2014 when as a troubled 13-year-old with a bright smile he appeared on Channel 4’s Educating the East End.
During the fly-on-the-wall documentary he is a Year 8 pupil who continues to misbehave to the point the police are called.
He is regularly taken home from Frederick Bremer School in Walthamstow, East London, by his grandad Ahmet who raised Halil and his brother when their parents became ill.
Karagozlu said he wanted to be law abiding and follow in the footsteps of Ahmet, who had been a detective in Cyprus.
He said: “It runs in my family so I think I should carry it on, but there are people I’m not going to name in my family that are criminals.
"I'm not sure which side to go after, criminal or police – I would probably choose police though.”
Now, though, in one of his videos which has more than 228,000 views, Karagozlu raps about rivals running from his “dagger”.
He adds: “Inject my blade and release my anger.”
In 2019, Halil, then 18, and elder brother Ahmet 20, were jailed for a county lines plot where their DM Crew gang used vulnerable people’s homes in Basingstoke, Hants, to sell drugs.
This practice is known as cuckooing and was highlighted in the recent series of police drama Line of Duty.
Both admitted conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, and the eight-strong gang were jailed for a total of 43 years and two months at Winchester crown court.
DM Crew, which stands for Dangerous Minds, are said to be affiliated with the brutal East End-based Mali Boys.
Karagozlu’s grandad Ahmet now says: “He is a very intelligent boy but with the wrong friends and the wrong people, so it got him in trouble.
“You don’t know where they are going, you don’t know with whom they are getting together, and when you find out it’s too late.”
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