A JAILED rapper from Birmingham who has received more than three million views for a video posted on YouTube is selling his music online via iTunes.
Demehl Thomas, who uses the name Remtrex, is potentially profiting from an album where he turns his sights on the police, prison officers and justice system.
He raps: “F*** all of the police gang, that want to f*** around with man, f**** all the judges in crown, who want to send man down.”
A Twitter account under his stage name had pushed a campaign to gain views for his YouTube video, which has gone viral in the UK and America, before the profile was taken down earlier this year.
However, the ‘road man’s’ album, Goonlyfe, is still available on iTunes and Apple Music, priced £6.32. Individual tracks can also be purchased for 79p.
Under the iTunes system, a percentage of royalties per downloads goes to the artist, meaning the 26-year-old could potentially profit from purchases.
Thomas, from Highgate, originally received a seven-year sentence for aggravated burglary, with an anticipated release date of June 2018.
But he was handed an extra nine months in December 2015 after he was discovered to have made a rap video while in HMP Birmingham.
However, a short YouTube clip featuring the grime artist has since passed three million views and his music continues to retail on Apple Music and iTunes.
Thomas’s film, in which his friends covered their faces, was shot by Tamworth-based JDZ media for its channel on the video-sharing platform.
He described his world of guns and drugs and warned his rivals they risked being shot or stabbed if they crossed him, but also said he wants to live in peace.
The channel’s director, who gave the name Jake, defended the clip earlier this year.
“Grime is just like a voice of the working class, it’s like a modern version of punk music,” he said. “It’s against the establishment and it’s about expressing frustration through music.
“People like the rawness of it.”
Thomas and Moysha Shepherd, who also appeared in the HMP Birmingham clip, were convicted of making an unauthorised sound recording in prison.
Shepherd, also 26, from Handsworth, had been serving a five-year sentence for dangerous driving and involvement in a prison breakout plot.
They are believed to be the first inmates to be charged under the 1952 Prison Act with making an unauthorised sound recording in prison.
Thomas has since been moved to HMP Doncaster.
A Serco spokesperson said: “Prisoners are not allowed any devices in prison on which they might record music such as mobile phones.
“Anyone found using them or bringing them into prison faces prosecution.
“Prisoners are allowed to have an income from external sources such as pensions and the prison management controls their access to any such funds.”
Neither Apple Music nor iTunes responded to requests for comment about Thomas’s music.
IN August, a convicted killer released an album from his cell at HMP Belmarsh.
Terngu Agera, 24, who fatally stabbed Zydrunas Laurinavicius, 38, at a bus stop in north London, recorded his vocals using a mobile phone that had been illegally smuggled inside the jail. The finished album, entitled Exit Wounds, was released on the online music service Spotify, and sold for £6.99 on the iTunes web store.
Agera, who raps under the name Mover, also stood to benefit financially with web giants Spotify and iTunes taking their cut.
Campaigners reacted by calling on the Ministry of Justice to send a message to iTunes that the album release was unacceptable.