Mayor Eric Adams revealed on Wednesday that he would be “rolling out something” about the notorious drill music days after calling on social media companies to remove the genre glorifying violence from their platforms.
At an unrelated press conference, Adams also said he had a “great conversation” on Tuesday with a group of drill artists during which he clarified his comments to them.
“I don’t know if you’ve seen the picture, but for the first time in my life, I looked cool, I was hanging out with all of them – and it was very interesting,” Adams told the hotel. of town.
“Because, I don’t know who said it, but they said, ‘We heard you said you were going to ban rap drilling. I did not say that. I was very clear in what I said.
“And they came in with a lot of energy – from, you know, here’s a 62-year-old guy who [doesn’t] understand young people and want to destroy. And I let them talk, and then I told them what I said: that violent people who use drill rap to publish who they killed, then to antagonize the people they are going to kill, that’s the problem. added the mayor. “And they heard me, and we’re going to be rolling out something in the next few days to address this issue. It was a great conversation and I was happy to have them there.
A video posted to Instagram on Tuesday night by Brooklyn rapper Maino shows the mayor in a town hall office with a group of rappers, including Fivio Foreign, B-Lovee, CEO Slow, Bucksy Luciano and Bleezy, all of whom have were tagged in the post. .
“There’s been a lot of talk about drill rap, drill music in New York, the connection between violence and culture, and I just wanted to create a conversation with the mayor,” said Maino, whose legal name is Jermaine Coleman.
Adams then said “we’re going to roll out something together” alongside the group of hip-hop artists, the 42-second clip shows.
The reunion was prompted by Adams last week calling on social media companies to remove exercise content, following the murder of rapper Jayquan McKenley – an 18-year-old who performed under the stage name Chii Wvttz and was shot last week. outside a recording studio in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.
“I had no idea what drill rap was. My son sent me videos. It was alarming,” Adams said Friday at City Hall. Adams’ son Jordan Coleman , works at Jay-Z’s Roc-Nation, according to his Instagram bio.
In response, Adams said he wanted to meet with social media companies and tell them to remove drill rap videos from their platforms, calling it their “civic and corporate responsibility.” The mayor argued that it would be irresponsible to continue giving violent rap music videos a platform after Twitter banned former President Donald Trump from the platform.
“We removed Trump from Twitter because of what he was throwing up. Yet we allow music [with] demonstration of arms, violence. We allow this to remain on the sites,” he said after an independent press conference. “We are alarmed at the use of social media to really over-proliferate this violence in our communities. This contributes to the violence we see across the country. »
His plea comes as shootings have spiked in the Big Apple so far in 2022.
There were 100 shootings in January, a jump from the previous year when 76 were recorded, according to NYPD data.
Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said last week that “a number of shootings” in the borough were “directly related” to the music genre.
“We’ve had a number of shootings in Brooklyn recently that are directly related to drill rap,” he said on Fox 5.[The rappers appear] on Facebook Live and Instagram Live, and they taunt their rivals in rival gang territory by saying, “We’re here.” Come get us. If we see you, we’ll shoot you.
Drill is a gritty, nihilistic style of trap music that originated in the early 2010s. Drill videos and songs often feature guns, money, drug use, and threats to rivals. .
Brooklyn-born rapper Bobby Shmurda — a 27-year-old who was released from prison last year after serving seven years for conspiracy and possession of weapons — is among the genre’s pioneers.
As Soren Baker, author of “The History of Gangster Rap,” previously explained to The Post, “Drill is essentially a rap gangster driven by social media beefs and social media tactics.
“These are real-time reactions to music and violence. Artists have been killed because they said, ‘I have a problem with this person and that’s where I am.’