Over the past two years, drill music has had a scene with some of hip-hop’s biggest bands. At donda in 2021, “Off The Grid”, was arguably one of the best songs on the album and it featured drill artist Fivio Foreign. Also featured on this album posthumously was popular drill artist Pop Smokewas murdered in 2020.
Even years before Fivio and Smoke, rappers like Chief Keef and G Herbo brought the subgenre into the mainstream. But in recent months there have been tragic events related to the street music scene.
According to XXL, in February, Bronx drill rapper C-Hii and Brooklyn drill artist Tdott Woo were both shot and killed. Nas Blixky was shot in the head and leg in January but survived the shooting. Kay Flock is in jail after being charged with murder in a fatal shooting in Harlam in December 2021.
As a result, Eric Adams, Mayor of New York called for banning some of the subgenre’s music videos on social media as the city comes to terms with recent murders of rappers linked to the drill music scene, according to the New York Post.
New York rappers Fivio Foreign, Maino, B-Lovee and more met with Mayor Adams earlier this week to discuss the violent nature of drill music and how it affects the community, according to XXL.
Maino posted a video on instagram clarifying what he and other rappers discussed with Mayor Adams.
In the video, Maino says, “There’s been a lot of talk about drill rap, drill music in New York, connecting violence to culture. And I just wanted to create a conversation with the mayor … so he could have a real perspective and a real understanding of what drill rap is and so we could have a real dialogue and really start making things happen.
In response to what Maino said, in the same video, Mayor Adams said “we’re going to roll out something together on the whole conversation and we’re looking forward to it.”
At a press conference last week, Mayor Adams admitted he didn’t know what drill rap was until his son, Jordan Coleman, who works at Roc Nation, showed him music videos . At the press conference, he said, “We’re going to bring social media companies together and sit down with them and say you have a civic and corporate responsibility.”
He continues: “You know, I mean, we took Trump off Twitter because of what he was throwing up, but we allow the music – the gun displays, the violence – we allow him to stay on. these sites.
Foreign Fivio tweeted returned a response saying, “I would love to come together and work on some kind of common ground, but it’s definitely not the music that causes or contributes to the violence. I want to sit and talk with @ericadamsfornyc so that we can work to change this city for the better. Fight with us, not against us.
Wednesday, during Mayor Adams press conference on its preliminary budget for 2023he talked about the course of his meeting with the rappers.
“It was very interesting,” he said of the reunion. “Because I don’t know who said it, but they said, ‘We heard you were going to ban drill rap. I did not say that. And they came in with a lot of energy of, you know, ‘Oh, here’s a 62-year-old man [guy] who don’t understand young people and you want to destroy [drill music]’ and I let them do the talking.
“And then I told them what I [actually] said,” he continued. “The problem is that violent people who use drill rap to publish who they killed and upset the people they are going to kill. And they heard me and we’re going to roll something out in the next few days to fix that. It was a great conversation. I was glad to have them there. »