Kenneth Umezie, 31, of Camberwell, south London, has been charged with the murder of Sidique Kamara, who was also known as Moscow17 rapper Incognito Scotland Yard has said.
The Metropolitan Police said a 31-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Sidique Kamara, who was also known as Moscow17 drill rapper Incognito.
Mr Kamara, 23, died after being stabbed in Warham Street, Camberwell, south London, on Wednesday evening.
A Met Police statement said: “Kenneth Umezie, 31, of Camberwell, was charged on Tuesday, 7 August with murder.
“He will appear in custody at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 8 August.
“Three other males, aged 16, 18 and 19, who were arrested as part of this inquiry have been released under investigation.”
The attack happened in the same street where 17-year-old Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton – also a member of the collective – was found with a fatal gunshot wound in May.
The group’s tracks have received hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube. Some featured references to other groups in the capital, including long-running rivals Zone 2 from Peckham.
In one track, Moscow17 told Zone 2 to “check the scoreboard”, while another asked “How you gonna make it even?”.
A Zone 2 lyric in response told their rivals they would “roll up and burst them”.
Earlier this year, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick called on social media platforms such as YouTube to take down videos that glamorised violence, and, in an interview with Link Up TV earlier this year, Incognito spoke about the effect of drill music on crime in the capital.
“You see with the crime that’s happening right now, music does influence it. You’ve got to put your hands up and say drill music does influence it,” he said.
“But knife crime and gun crime has been going on way before drill music, so if you want to talk about 10 years, 20 years, people were still getting cheffed up (attacked with knifes).”
He added: “There (are) many ways to solve it – you can bring out youth clubs, you can bring out many other things, invest money in other things to help the community, but you don’t want to do that – you just want to use an excuse with drill music.”
At the time of Rhyhiem’s death, his mother, Pretana Morgan, called for a halt to the wave of violence in the capital.
She said: “Let my son be the last and be an example to everyone. Just let it stop. What must be, must be.”