NYC Mayor Adams targets ‘drill rap’ videos on social media, saying they encourage gun violence

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced he would meet with rappers and musical artists in the city to try to convince them not to glorify gun violence.

Adams, elected last year to replace former mayor Bill de Blasio, said he hoped to combat the rise of “drill rap”, a genre focused on feuds and threats of violence between artists. Adams wants to see the genre banned from social media platforms for the sake of young users.

“We took Trump off Twitter because of what he was throwing up,” Adams said Friday. “Yet we allow the music, the display of guns, the violence. We allow it to stay on these sites.”

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Adams said he learned about the issue from his son, who works for flagship rapper Jay-Z.

“I had no idea what ‘drill rap’ was, but I called my son and he sent me some videos,” Adams said. “And that’s alarming. And we’re going to bring social media companies together and sit down with them and say, ‘You have a civic and corporate responsibility.'”

Adams intends to take the issue directly to the social media companies he has accused of allowing violent content on their sites. The mayor said he would like to see all gender removed from these websites.

“We’re bringing them up; we’re going to show exactly what’s on display. And we’re alarmed by that. We’re alarmed by the use of social media to really over-proliferate this violence in our communities,” Adams added.

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Adams previously issued a stern warning in the weeks before he took office. Addressing those who expect to carry on riots and plunder in the nation’s largest city, Adams was clear: This will not continue.

New York Mayor Eric Adams speaks during a press conference in the Brooklyn borough of New York on January 4, 2022.
(AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

“Not my city”, Adams, a former police captain, said at a Police Athletic League event at the Harvard Club, according to the New York Post.

“We’re not going to surrender to those who say, ‘We’re going to burn down New York’.”

John C. Dent