Drill music has been causing some to believe the music is full of violence and hate.
New York police have detained 20 accused gang members, citing lyrical language from their drill music as evidence of some of the alleged members’ alleged illegal behavior.
Darcel D. Clark, the Bronx District Attorney, has stated that 20 people have been charged with various offenses as part of “Operation Drilly.”
The arrestees are claimed to be members of the G-Side/Drilly gang and are accused of participating in 32 crimes ranging from gunshots to stabbings, according to a news statement from the DA. Many of the suspected gang members are involved in the drill music scene in the area.
Murder, manslaughter, attempted murder, criminal possession of a firearm, reckless endangerment, assault, attempted assault, and grand larceny is among the allegations. A knife attack on a CUNY Prep student in 2019, the murder of a 24-year-old on July 20, and a shooting at a Target store in 2020 are among the offenses for which some are facing charges. Mayor Eric Adams, who demanded the removal of drill videos from social media in February, has pushed back against the drill music movement in New York.
Recently, prominent figures in hip-hop and beyond have spoken out against the use of music in court to prove guilt. With the support of Jay-Z, Meek Mill, Fivio Foreign, Big Sean, and other rappers, a law named “Rap Music on Trial” is being drafted. NYC is pushing to lower violence after a year of serious crimes, including shootings, murders, and carjackings among other crimes that have spiked.