NYC Mayor Calls For Removal Of Drill Music From Social Media

Eric Adams compared it to Donald Trump’s tweets.

Drill music, a hardcore rap style and culture that has sprung up in many big cities including Chicago, London, Paris and most recently New York, is being condemned by the NYC’s Mayor Eric Adams.

Adams said he first learned what drill was when his son sent him some music videos, which he labeled “alarming,” he said at a press conference Friday (February 11). He compared the videos to tweets by former President Donald Trump, who was permanently suspended from Twitter for inciting the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

"We pulled Trump off Twitter because of what he was spewing,” he said during the presser. “Yet we are allowing music, displaying of guns, violence, we're allowing it to stay on these sites."

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The mayor noted he would pressure platforms to remove drill music.

"We are going to pull together the social media companies," he said, "And state that you have a civic and corporate responsibility." Additionally, Adams explicitly blamed drill for crime in the city. "We are alarmed by the use of social media to really overproliferate the use of violence in our communities... this is contributing to the violence we are seeing all over this country. It is one of those rivers that we have to dam."

Adams says a roundtable with “very top-known rappers” is also being formed to discuss drill, though he didn’t name any artists who would be participating.

The news comes on the same day that reputable Brooklyn drill rapper Fivio Foreign released his latest Kanye West-produced and featured single “City of Gods,” which touts a stand-out Alicia Keys chorus.

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