Prison rapper, 20, who was part of jailed County Lines gang that waved cash and zombie knives in drill rap videos appeared in hit Channel 4 show as a child
- Halil Karagozlu, 20, was jailed for six and half years in May 2019 with his brother
- He was part of the WEZ gang which sold more than £400,000 worth of drugs
- It has now emerged he earlier appeared on Channel 4’s Educating the East End
A prison rapper who was part of a County Lines gang that waved cash and zombie knives in drill rap videos appeared in a Channel 4 documentary as a child.
Halil Karagozlu, 20, was jailed for six and half years in May 2019 after it was found the WEZ gang – led by his brother Ahmet – had sold more than £400,000 of drugs.
Karagozlu later recorded drill raps on illegal mobile phones under the name Baby while at HMP Cookham Wood Young Offender Institution in Rochester, Kent, the Mirror reported.
Within them, he raps about his enemies running from his ‘dagger’, adding: ‘Inject my blade and release my anger.’
But it has now been revealed that Karagozlu appeared in Channel 4 documentary Educating the East End in 2014.
Halil Karagozlu (above), 20, was jailed for six and half years in May 2019 after it was found the WEZ gang – led by his brother Ahmet – had sold more than £400,000 of drugs
The popular fly-on-the-wall programme captured his experience as a Year 8 pupil at Frederick Bremer School in Walthamstow, east London.
As a 13-year-old, Karagozlu was restrained by teachers and sent home from class after being disruptive and lashing out at fellow pupils.
In footage from the show, he tells interviewers he wants to steer clear of the ‘wrong path’ and follow in the footsteps of his grandfather Ahmet – who was a detective in Cyprus.
‘I’m not sure which side to go after, criminal or police – I would probably choose police though,’ he said.
Karagozlu once appeared in Channel 4 documentary Educating the East End in 2014
However, he now shares rap videos about running from the police, which his grandfather said he will ‘have it out with him’ over.
Ahmet added: ‘He did swear so many times that he’s not going to embarrass me anymore. I spent half of my life fighting against this kind of people.’
Karagozlu and his brother Ahmet were part of the WEZ gang, which is part of the larger DM Crew gang. It is said they are affiliated with the notorious Mali Boys.
The group, jailed for a total of 43 years in May 2019, had sent children as young as 13 to force their way into addicts’ homes and sell drugs.