THE BBC has been plugging a former county lines drug dealer’s new drill rap – while axing Rule Britannia from the Proms.
Radio 1Xtra played crack and heroin pusher Potter Payper’s new track – which references cannabis and guns – while bosses were banning Land of Hope and Glory over backlash fears.
Potter Payper, whose real name is Jamel Bousbaa, was released from prison in June after being sentenced to five years for running a county lines drug smuggling operation from London to Clacton, Essex in March 2018, the Barking and Dagenham Post reports.
Radio 1Xtra played his new “Daily Duppy” track on DJ Snoochie Shy’s show on August 19 – just days before it announced the controversial BBC Proms axing.
And as fury erupted over the BBC Proms decision, the rapper posted a snap of himself smoking outside New Broadcasting House on Thursday – suggesting he could be working on future events at the corporation.
David Morris, the MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale told The Sun: “This is another belter from the blundering BBC.
“On the week we’ve had the Beeb try and stop Brits from singing Land of Hope and Glory, they are now telling the nation to listen to a county lines, drug-smuggling criminal instead, and just weeks after he got out of jail.”
The corporation sparked uproar after revealing it wouldn’t show the singing of Last Night of the Proms and Rule Britannia over fears of its links to the British Empire.
Boris Johnson blasted the decision, demanding the nation stop its “culture of wetness”.
Bousbaa, 29, was jailed in March 2018 for five years and four months for running a so-called “county lines” drug-dealing operation.
Known as the “Frankie line”, it exported Class A drugs from London via a network of dealers and sold to addicts in the seaside town of Clacton in Essex.
He ran the operation with Regean Richards-Neville, 23, from Dagenham in East London, who was caged for three years and four months.
The pair were seized by police after a two-year investigation and a search of a property in Clacton turned up 45 wraps of heroin and 57 wraps of crack cocaine.
But the rapper is planning to relaunch his career after his release from jail – and is now looking to top the charts with new album #TD3 set to be released next month.
He made numerous appearances on BBC Radio in 2014 before his stint in prison, including on the Charlie Sloth show.
Prior to being locked up, Bousbaa had already built a career as a drill rapper and clocked up millions of views on YouTube.
In his latest track, ‘Daily Duppy’, posted on YouTube channel GRM Daily, he is seen giving smoke and gun gestures as he raps about his lifestyle.
In the song, he boasts: “I’m a great white shark. Put 5 in a bag and took one for the team.”
And also says: ” I’m a G … you get banged in your mouth for any little talk”.
A representative for BBC Radio 1Xtra told the Sun Online: “1Xtra provides a platform for live music across a range of genres with individual performances booked and recorded in line with audience expectations.”