New York’s Eric Adams, the avowedly vegan mayor who has been caught eating fish, is calling on social-media companies to curb “alarming” drill rap videos, following the violent deaths of two young performers in the city.
“We pulled Trump off Twitter because of what he was spewing. Yet we are allowing music [videos with the] displaying of guns, violence. We’re allowing it to stay on the sites, because…look at the victims.”
The comments came in the middle of an unrelated press conference, after the mayor confessed to not knowing anything about the sub-genre of drill rap. He asked his son, Jordan Coleman, an employee at Jay-Z’s company, to get him up to speed.
After watching some videos, he said that he plans to “pull together and sit down with” social-media executives and appeal to their sense of “civic and corporate responsibility.”
“We are alarmed by the use of social media to really over-proliferate this violence in our communities. This is contributing to the violence that we are seeing all over the country. It is one of the rivers we have to dam,” he said.
The mayor’s statements come after a back-and-forth with Perry Williams, the father of Chii Wvtts, a drill rapper who was killed last week. Following the shooting, Adams gave an emotional speech about how a “broken system” was failing minority New Yorkers, but Williams disagreed with that description of his son’s childhood. According to the New York Daily News, Adams and Williams have since spoken privately, and the mayor says the two “are going to be partners to stop seeing our young men become victims of this level of violence.”
Earlier in the month, DJ Drewski, of New York’s leading hip-hop station, Hot 97, said he would no longer play music that leaned on diss tracks, or anything gang-related.
“If you make drill music, there are a lot of drill songs without dissing your opps or smoking your opps! Step up your pen game and creativity. No reason why every week someone is getting locked up or killed. I can’t change the world, but I can stop supporting the nonsense. I admit I’m a fan of the drill records and supported from the beginning. But it’s only getting worse. SMH,” he wrote in an his Instagram story.
Just days before Chii Wvtts’s death, another young performer named Tdott Woo was killed.
Adams has made gun control a central issue of his new administration, having had meetings with President Joe Biden on the subject. He is traveling up to Albany next week to further discuss the problem with Governor Kathy Hochul.
Limiting the expression of rap artists, however, does open a new door. In 1990, the foul-mouthed group 2 Live Crew was brought up on obscenity charges for a live performance of songs from their controversial album “As Nasty As They Want To Be.” They were found not guilty.
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