It sound like the tutorial is saying (a video link with a time stamp)

while I'm playing me drums in here making a racket

I am aware that playing drums looks like this

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Is "making a racket" some part of it?

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    "Making a racket" means "making a din". It is jocular BrE. So is the 'me' for 'my' in "I'm playing me drums." "I'll just get me coat", "Where's me 'at?" etc. Feb 2, 2020 at 13:01
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    A 'din' is a loud noise. Feb 2, 2020 at 13:06

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In general usage, the phrase "making a racket" is offensive. As noted by the Cambridge Dictionary (see https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/racket), a "racket" is:

an unpleasant loud continuous noise:

"They were making such a racket outside that I couldn't get to sleep."

In the specific example you have chosen, the person making the music seems to be using the term in one of two ways.

  • First, he may be using the term somewhat ironically - e.g. knowing that his conservative neighbours would hate his drum-playing and would consider it to be an unpleasant "racket", he wishes to proudly "own" the noise and therefore "owns" the insult! This is why he self-describes the music as a "racket"!
  • Second, he may be using it factually - e.g. to note that although he is making a very loud noise, his excellent sound-proofing means that he cannot be heard by his neighbours.

Note also that the author of these words intentionally uses "bad English" to convey that he's a rough character, whose music is also rough.

  • "Bad" English: "while I'm playing me drums in here ..."
  • "Good" English: "While I'm playing my drums in here, ...."

Please note that I have not had time to watch the video in full, which means that my reply may need to be amended after watching it.

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    When I hear rap 'music' coming out of automobiles I think "God, what a racket". Feb 2, 2020 at 13:07
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    Consider the video is to show how to soundproof, which indicates that he did a work to prevent his music from disturbing his neighbors. So, is it possible that guy uses "racket" to convey more joking than ironic?
    – zghqh
    Feb 2, 2020 at 13:58
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    @zghqh - Ah, I had not caught that additional information about sound-proofing, because (I'm sorry!) I had not watched the video all the way through. If the video is about sound-proofing, then when he says he is "making a racket" he's not being ironic or even joking: he is just saying that he is making "a very loud noise" which cannot be heard by his neighbours.
    – TechnoCat
    Feb 2, 2020 at 14:06

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