UPDATED 2/16, 12:40 p.m.: Late Tuesday, Maino shared a video on Instagram filmed at the end of a group conversation with Mayor Eric Adams. Fivio Foreign, B-Lovee, Rick Steel, Bleezy, and more were in attendance, with the goal being for Adams to “get a real perspective and a real understanding of what drill rap is, so that we can have some real dialogue and really start to really make things happen.”
Adams stated at the end, “We’re going to roll out something together on the whole conversation and we’re looking forward to it.” Watch the clip—which Fivio reposted on his IG Stories—below, and be sure to read Andre Gee on the problem with Adams’ war on drill music.
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During a press conference on Friday, Adams expressed his concern for the Brooklyn drill scene, linking it to gun violence, and urging social media companies to remove material related to the “alarming” rap subgenre from their platforms.
“I had no idea what drill rapping was,” Adams said, “but I called my son, and he sent me some videos, and it is alarming. We are going to pull together the social media companies, and sit down with them, and state that you have a civic and corporate responsibility.”
Adams went on to compare the music videos to tweets by former President Donald Trump, who was banned from Twitter following last year’s insurrection at the United States Capito.
“We pulled Trump off twitter because of what he was spewing, yet we are allowing music, displaying of guns, violence, we are allowing it to stay on the site, because look at the victims,” he explained. “We’re bringing them in, we’re going to show exactly what is being displayed, and we are alarmed by it. We are alarmed by the use of social media to really over-proliferate this violence in our communities.”
Adams also referenced the recent deaths of 22-year-old Tahjay Dobson, aka Tdott Woo, who was shot and killed in Brooklyn last week, and Jayquan McKenley, an 18-year-old rapper from the Bronx known as CHII WVTTZ.
“There are thousands of Jayquans in our city right now,” Adams said. “Thousands of children experiencing homelessness and poverty, who need educational support, who are at high risk. We cannot let thousands of children lose their lives to violence and neglect. Like many young men, Jayquan was an aspiring rapper. ‘Aspiring’ is a word that means hope, but his music was anything but hopeful.”
The NYC mayor wrapped his speech by revealing plans to hold a roundtable meeting with “very top-known rappers” in the Brooklyn drill scene, in an effort to help stop the violence.