London-born rapper, Richard Cowie (41), stage-named Wiley has been dropped by his management following anti-Semitic posts on his social media accounts.
The “godfather of grime” allegedly shared conspiracy theories and insulted Jewish people on his Instagram and Twitter accounts.
His accounts together have more than 940,000 followers and his Twitter account has been temporarily locked while Instagram said it had deleted some of his content.
Twitter indicated its action came after a long series of posts on both platforms on Friday and Saturday and they are pressure to close his accounts.
Police are investigating “relevant material”: “We have received a number of reports relating to alleged anti-Semitic tweets posted on social media. The Met takes all reports of anti-Semitism extremely seriously. The relevant material is being assessed”.
There are also calls for Wiley’s MBE, appointed for services to music, to be forfeited.
He reportedly said thus in on tweet: “I don’t care about Hitler, I care about black people”, and also compared the Jewish community to the Ku Klux Klan”
On Instagram, videos of himself were interspersed with posts of screenshots – which have since been deleted – including one at about midday on Saturday suggesting Twitter has suspended him from tweeting for a week.
He had already been given a 12-hour ban on Friday night, but resumed tweeting on Saturday.
The platform has removed some of his tweets, with a note saying they violated its rules.
Wiley’s manager, John Woolf, confirmed that the Twitter account, which is not verified, belongs to the rapper.
In a tweet on Friday evening that is no longer visible, Mr Woolf initially said he was “talking to him privately”. He also said that, having known Wiley for 12 years, he knows “he does not truly feel this way”.
But on Twitter on Saturday morning he tweeted: “Following Wiley’s antisemitic tweets today we at @A_ListMGMT have cut all ties with him. There is no place in society for antisemitism.”