Lethal Weapon: Drill Rap v Racism
I understand I have a passion for drill rap, but I also could not deny the violence that has stemmed from it. Drill rap originated from the heart of Chicago. Along with the music, there is an active street war between rival rappers or sets (gangs). The Chicago gang life does not follow your typical gangster hierarchy. They have what is closely related to renegade rivalries. Plenty of small individual sets identified by territory association.
The violence gained plenty of traction after the death of two notable Chicago born residents: lil Jojo and Tooka. Here's a snippet of the Lil Jojo story from the thedailybeats.com:
“These n---as claim 300, but we BDK,” they chant, using gang shorthand for Black Disciple killers.
This was the lyrics of Lil Jojo’s biggest song called "BDK." Just three blocks away, Lil Jojo decided to start a rap feud with Chief Keef. Chief Keef was another well known rapper with the BD’s, an of GD’s from that which Lil Jojo reps.
It was believed that Lil Jojo’s song was only a dis to a Lil Durk song that targeted Bricksquad. Lil Jojo represented Bricksquad and took offense to the Lil Durk song. Lil Durk and Chief Keef were both BD’s. Unfortunately, the creation of the term "BDK" fueled an already ongoing rivalry between the two most major gang factions in Chicago: BD’s and GD’s.
BD’s took the life of Lil Jojo, but left a legacy in the streets. Tooka was a loving member of the Gangster Disciples known also as CashOut. His death was a retaliation of a diss also. To find out more about this story visit kollegekidd.com.
George Floyd, also known as a "gentle giant," was a 46 yr old man from Minneapolis. He worked in security and had two daughters 6 and 22. Floyd was pinned down by a white police officer while in handcuffs. The officers knee was deep into the back of Floyd who pleaded that he could not breathe. The officers knowing this, still remained on top of Floyd applying pressure. Eventually, he passed away from the incident on a Monday.
On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown Jr was fatally shot by a police officer Darren Wilson. Michael was an 18-year-old African American man from Ferguson, Missouri.
The opening stories are examples of black-on-black violence and has taken plenty of precious lives. But the latter story covers violence in the form of white racism towards blacks, also taking wonderful black lives. In both situations, great people of heart were lost. Is one type of violence more deadlier than other? By the numbers, you might be able to pick a winner. But if we judge by the quality of lives lost, neither comes out on top.
Drill Rap and Hip Hops content can be considered extremely violent and graphic in nature. At times, even encouraging violent behavior from others to settle 'beef.' In similar cases, there exist violent police officers. In Minneapolis' most recent Floyd shooting, the number one cop involved has been known to receive reprimand due to foul policing. If we look at both types of violence, we can see each as a volatile lethal weapon.
Here’s were the two begin to fuse together. Rap music appears to be excessively violent. It is because rap stems from a culture that has been seeped in the fighting. Warring against political, social, and economic oppression. Rapping about guns and gang life is a reflection of daily life in inner-city ghettos and housing projects racially and economically separated. Rap violence is not harmful to the city or youth. It is the outcry of deep economic inequalities dividing the city along racial lines that is detrimental.
The country was in love with law and violence before hip hop emerged. A great example is the nation’s military; the biggest gangster of all. White collared hands began to take hold of the rap industry and bloodied its evolution.
Money hungry business people began to resale rap to the community through marketing ploys using music videos as major platforms. The audience began to grow and the rappers were sincerely followed on their social media accounts. The rise of technology transformed rap into a new genre of art. Drill music entertainined listeners with its graphic content, but also with its authenticity. Fans were supportive of rappers who really meshed their personal life with their music. This type of sincerity has been with the Hip Hop industry since raps about "black power" and the civil rights movement. Rap became a valuable commodity, but only after it dropped its historic function.
Stanford:Ice Cube's early songs attacked white racism; Ice-T sang a song about a cop killer; Public Enemy challenged listeners to "fight the power". But many newer acts are focused almost entirely on pathologies within the black community. They rap about shooting other blacks, but almost never about challenging govemmental authority or encouraging social activism. 14
Drill rap is ultimately a style of trap music. In street slang, "drill" means to fight or retaliate. Dro City rapper Pacman, considered the originator of the genre, is credited as the first to using the term within music according to Wikipedia.
The Sun The rapping style came from the Woodlawn neighbourhood of Dro City. It was developed in the crime-riddled South Side of Chicago. The UK counterpart of drill music originated in Brixton.
And what did the police want? The police wanted cooperation. Some argue, they were 'gang hungry.' Doing just about anything to get repeated offenders off the street. Are they aiming to make an example of the influential rappers of today? We all know rappers are the voice for the youth in their city.
The Hip Hop culture started its rap focused on white racism within the black community. Somewhere down the line, its sights were turned onto each other. Who's gonna set the new guidelines on what 'keeping it real' really means? Which rapper will speak up first about the true enemy? Our ghetto life and poverty stricken lifestyle is because of racial and economic prejudices. The black opps around the way didn't do it.
The real cause of violence, child abuse, poverty, parental neglect, is being economically and politically disadvantaged.
Youth cannot have hope unless they have access to education that can provide them with the opportunity to choose the path of their futures. I believe that few youth would choose violence. However, options are limited.