Rapper who filmed ‘London terror attack’ used it to promote his mixtape
Big Tobz told people it was a video of the attacker, but it was actually a link to his new single
The grime artist who filmed the horrific scenes in the Leytonstone terror attack stabbing has been using his new fame to promote his mixtape.
Big Tobz was at the underground station when a man was stabbed in a suspected terrorist attack on Saturday and filmed the aftermath.
But the 25-year-old rapper, whose real name is James Aiyeola, started using the chaos to create hype for his new single on Twitter.
After the incident, Big Tobz tweeted two videos named “Part 1” and “Part 2” which contained footage of the attacks.
But when he posted a “Part 3” video, it turned out to be a link to his song “Uno my Style”.
Big Tobz was also requesting £100,000 from reporters for the full story of what he saw. In response to several journalists he said he would tell them “everything u need to know” for a six figure payment.
Last Saturday night one man had his throat slashed by an attacker allegedly shouting “this is for Syria”.
A 29-year-old man was arrested after being Tasered by police and the whole thing was captured on film by Big Tobz.
Before he turned to grime, the rapper graduated from Bedfordshire Uni with a first in Digital Animation.
Critics said Big Tobz was milking the attack for his own promotion, but he responded: “so many ppl bitching about me promoting my music on the top of this stabbing, mate ive been promoting my music 4 5 years y shud i stop 2day.”
He added: “Everyone whose criticising needs to remember that I am Big Tobz not ITV/BBC/ETC. My Twitter was made to promote my music you lot came to me.”
Commander Richard Walton from the Met Police said: “As a result of information received at the time from people who were at the scene and subsequent investigations carried out by the Counter Terrorism Command (SO15), I am treating this as a terrorist incident.
“I am aware that there were a number of members of the public in the underground station who filmed the suspect on their mobile phones during and after the attack and I would urge them to come forward and speak to us and share with us the filming that they carried out.
“I would continue to urge the public to remain calm, but alert and vigilant. The threat from terrorism remains at severe, which means that a terrorist attack is highly likely.”