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Mayor Takes Late-Night Meeting With ‘Drill' Rappers, Promises Violence Solutions

Mayor Eric Adams took a late-night meeting at City Hall with a group of rap artists prominent in the drill genre to talk about the gun violence plaguing New York City

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams has blamed the "drill" rap genre for contributing to the city's sharp uptick in violence this year - and late Tuesday night, he met with some of those rappers to talk about solutions to the problem.

Adams previously said he wanted to meet with prominent drill rappers to talk about the gun violence on the city's streets. Through last Sunday, shootings year to date are up 37% versus the same period in 2021 - an average of nearly 4 people shot every day.

A video posted to Instagram by the Brooklyn rapper Maino shows the mayor in a City Hall office, gathered with more than a dozen other men. Maino indicated it was being recorded at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

"There's been a lot of talk about drill rap, drill music in New York City, connecting violence with the culture, and I just wanted to create a conversation with the mayor," Maino says. Artists including Fivio Foreign, B-Lovee, CEO Slow, Bucksy Luciano and Bleezy joined the meeting as well.

Later in the video, Adams promises "we're going to roll out something together" in response to the conversation.

What Is Drill Rap?

Drill came out of Chicago in the last decade, and is usually characterized by haunting songs with heavy lyrics about violence, shootings and the like.

Two up-and-coming drill artists, Tdott Woo and Chii Wittz, were murdered in Brooklyn just this month.

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