A drill rapper was stabbed to death in a “savage and merciless attack”, a court has heard.
Crosslom Davis, 20, known as Bis, suffered at least nine wounds to his head, back and chest when he was set upon by four armed youths in a passageway in Deptford, South East London, early on December 6, 2019, the Old Bailey heard on Tuesday (February 16).
The day before, Mr Davis had become angry at “disrespect” about an associate who was killed the year before, it was claimed.
Prosecutor Brian O’Neill QC told jurors: “It was a savage and merciless attack.
“Crosslom Davis did not stand a chance. The forensic pathologist who carried out the post-mortem examination of his body concluded that he had bled to death as a result of multiple wounds.”
The main part of the attack was caught on CCTV footage which showed two of the attackers had got out of a minicab, he said.
They were also recorded on the minicab dashcam getting in the vehicle minutes earlier.
Mr O’Neill alleged they were defendants Elijah Morgan, 20, and Jedaiah Param, 21, who are on trial each accused of murder and having a knife.
Jurors were told the other two males involved in the killing have not yet been “satisfactorily” identified.
Mr Davis was said to be a “highly regarded” drill artist who was a member of the Harlem Spartans, a well-known music collective primarily based in Kennington.
On the day before he died, Mr Davis had arranged to film a music video for his latest drill track.
He shot footage around Kennington and Cambridge with friends, including Elhaj Diarrassouba, aka Els, the court heard.
On the car journey back to London, Mr Davis appeared to become “angry” with someone on the phone, jurors heard.
Mr O’Neill said: “Rightly or wrongly, he got the impressions the person on the other end of the phone was being disrespectful about ‘Latz’.”
Latz, real name Latwaan Griffiths, was a fellow Harlem Spartan, who had been stabbed to death in July 2018, the court heard.
The trial continues.