An alleged plot to murder four rappers in Sydney drill rap group ONEFOUR has been uncovered after a crime ring was found taking on contract killings.
The crime ring was involved in “serious crimes including murders and kidnappings”,
NSW police Detective Superintendent Peter Faux said on Thursday.
The cell had accepted a contract to murder four “high-profile men” from Mount Druitt, police claim, the low socio economic suburb in Sydney’s west where the rappers first made a name for themselves.
NSW Police said another two men are expected to be arrested and charged in relation to the “intended murder”/
So far, 28 people have been charged with organised crime-related offences. Their cases remain before the courts.
“We believe that contract was taken on by this crime cell, on behalf of another organised crime network,” Superintendent Faux said.
“During the investigation… we established this crime cell were also involved in a number of other serious organised crimes”
He said the alleged murder plot was “extremely organised” as the victims were allegedly surveilled and followed on social media.
“We’re trying to get to the bottom of the motive for the intended murder, we’re looking at everything,” Superintendent Faux said.
Drill is an American style of hip-hop that has made waves in Australia, influencing several groups from the nation’s biggest cities, usually involving references to crime and gang warfare.
ONEFOUR has been climbing in popularity over the years despite being entangled in a number of violent controversies. The group recently starred in a Netflix documentary recounting police efforts to stop them performing in public.
Police said they raided two places in southwestern Sydney at dawn, arresting two men aged 26 and 20 on charges of conspiring to commit murder, kidnap, and armed robbery.
Police have also taken out an arrest warrant on a fifth man believed to be “on the run overseas” over the alleged murder plot, he said
ONEFOUR’s history has been laced with controversy. Members Pio “YP” Misa and Dahcell “Celly” Ramos were jailed in 2019 over a gruesome attack in western Sydney’s Rooty Hill.
Disturbing CCTV footage, released through the NSW District Court, showed them storming a pub and bashing three men in a pokie room at the Carousel Inn.
It shows them punching and kicking one of the men to the ground before pulling out a hammer and a chair leg to continue the attack — as the victim lies in a pool of his own blood.
Despite their popularity, ONEFOUR’s place in the Australian music scene is still a divisive issue. Youth broadcaster Triple J has been criticised for playing the group’s singles, with claims they directly encourage violence.
Nevertheless, the group has publicly stated it is a “human right” to be able to perform, as several tours and sold out events are hit with roadblocks.