Does Drill Music have a bad reputation?



Does Drill Music have a bad reputation? This is the million dollar question as the music genre is rife with controversy.

Over the past few years, we have seen the dramatic rise of Drill Rap music. New York rap artists have taken the genre that started in Chicago a decade ago and embraced it for themselves. And part of that is the violent imagery and actual violence that sometimes accompanies the music.


All Drill Rap is not oriented towards violence, and often that is part of the problem. Perception drives reality in many cases. With this genre, we’ve seen how social media, algorithms, real poverty, violence, and technology all collide in a volatile explosion.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams made headlines last month when he ruled that Drill Rap should be banned from radio and social media. Additionally, Hot 97’s DJ Drewski (who helped break Pop Smoke) proclaimed that he would no longer play drill wraps that involved disbanding other artists or gangs in order to avoid more deaths. This drew a swift reaction from artists, fans and others who said the moves were distractions from the reality of the streets. Maino led the charge with a meeting also attended by Fivio Foreign and the mayor.

Journalist Lisa Evers and her Fox5 NYC show “Street Soldiers” digs deeper into this topic with a myriad of people to discuss the problem and solutions as well.

PART 1: Drill Rap, Gangs & Guns


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PART 2: Drill Music: content and controversy


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