Less than two months into his term as mayor of New York, Eric Adams is no stranger to controversy, whether he’s getting his first paycheck in cryptocurrency or eating fish while claiming to be vegan. In another move that is likely to prove unpopular, he spoke out against drill music at a press conference on Friday (2/11), calling on social media platforms to remove material related to the sub- kind of “alarming” rap and saying that he wanted to hold a meeting with rappers from Brooklyn.
“I had no idea what drill rap was,” Adams said, “but I called my son, and he sent me some videos, and it’s alarming. We’re going to bring companies together social media and sit down with them, and say you have a civic and corporate responsibility. We took Trump off Twitter because of what he was spitting, but we allow music, weapon displays to fire, violence, we allow it to stay on the site, because look at the victims. We bring them in, we will show exactly what is displayed, and we are alarmed by this. We are alarmed by the use of social media to really overproliferate this violence in our communities.
stereogum points out that Adams’ statement comes shortly after the deaths of two young drill rappers in New York: 22-year-old Tdott Woo (aka Tahjay Dobson), who was fatally shot outside his home in Canarsie on Tuesday, and 18-year-old old CHII WVTTZ (aka Jayquan McKenley), who was shot and killed leaving a Bedford-Stuyvesant recording studio on Sunday morning.
Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez tweeted about the drill music earlier this week, writing, “Drill rap videos are fueling violence among rival gangs across our city.” He also gave an interview to Fox5NY on the matter, in which he claimed that there have been “a number of shootings in Brooklyn recently that are directly related to the exercise. These drill rap videos are killing lives to young people. It’s not that music is the cause of violence, but it fuels the desire to fight back.”
Complex points out that Hot 97’s DJ Drewski also reacted to the recent shootings, saying he will no longer play diss tracks on his radio shows. “I don’t support diss/gang music anymore!” he wrote on his Instagram Story. “If you fight in the songs, don’t even send it to me… We’re losing too many young men and women in the streets!” Other NYC DJs including Power 105 DJ Gabe P and D-Teakfollowed suit.
Rising rapper in Brooklyn Foreign Fiviomeanwhile, stressed that the music is not behind the violence, telling TMZ“It’s not the music that kills people, it’s the music that helps niggas get out of the hood.”