New York City Mayor Wants to Ban Drill-Rap Videos on Social Media

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The recent spate of murders and shootings involving New York City drill rappers has prompted the city’s mayor to call for some drastic action.

On Friday (February 11), NYC Mayor Eric Adams gave a speech about what he sees as a direct link between drill rap videos and gun violence. He wants to ban visuals from the genre of appearing on social media. “I had no idea what drill rapping was but I called my son and he sent me some videos and it’s alarming,” Adams told the assembled press. “We’re going to bring the social media companies together and sit down with them and say, ‘You have a social and corporate responsibility.'”

Adams pointed to Trump’s Twitter ban as a previous move to censor the platform. “We pulled Trump from Twitter because of what he spat out,” Adams continued. “Nevertheless, we allow music, the display of weapons, violence. We allow it to stay on these sites because they look at the victims. We’re bringing them in, we’re going to show exactly what’s being shown, and we’re alarmed at the use of social media to really spread this violence in communities.

The mayor’s speech came less than a week after the killing of rapper Chii Wvttz, who was shot dead in Brooklyn on Sunday (February 6). This comes after a series of incidents involving drill rappers. Last December, Kay Flock was arrested for the murder of a suspected rival gang member. In late January, Nas Blixky was shot in the head but survived. Also last month, C Blu was accused of shooting dead a police officer. Earlier this month, 22-year-old TDott Woo was shot dead.

Fivio Foreign recently tried to shut down talk of drill being the cause of violence in the city. “This is the drill community and I know the cops and everybody look at niggas like niggas start trouble but niggas don’t really start trouble,” he recently told TMZ. “They try to feed their children.”

See Adams’ speech below.

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