Mayor Adams and his son disagree on drill rap

The mayor’s rapper’s son Eric Adams is at odds with his father over drill rap, saying in a recent interview that it was “outrageous” for Hizzoner to call for a ban on the genre that glorifies violence.

Speaking to the brilliant Pop Culture Complex for an article published on Thursday, Jordan Coleman said his 61-year-old father doesn’t fully understand drill music – a nihilistic, gritty style of rap that glorifies guns, drugs and violence against his rivals.

“Coming out saying the drill scene is going to be banned is outrageous because you can’t ban one genre of music — any genre of music,” the first son, 26, told the outlet.

In February, Adams called on social media companies to ban drill music after an 18-year-old rapper of the genre, Jayquan McKenley, aka Chii Wvttz, was shot and killed outside a recording studio in Bedford-Stuyvesant , Brooklyn.

He accused the genre and its presence on mainstream social media platforms of “contributing to the violence” seen across the country, calling it “one of the rivers we need to stem”.

Eric Adams hosts media at his home.  Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Jordan Coleman has reportedly worked with several drill rappers as clients of Jay-Z’s Roc Nation.
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“You have a civic and corporate responsibility,” he told social media companies at the time.

“We removed Trump from Twitter because of what he was throwing up. Yet we allow music [with] demonstration of weapons, violence. We allow this to remain on the sites.

Adams told reporters he didn’t know what drill rap was until his son sent him videos of Brooklyn-born musician Pop Smoke, another drill scene rapper who was killed during a a home invasion in Los Angeles in 2020.

LA rapper Avanti Frowner, aka Money Gang Vontae, was fatally shot in a daylight shooting at a Bronx drug store on June 9, 2022.
LA rapper Avanti Frowner, aka Money Gang Vontae, was killed in a broad daylight shooting at a Bronx drug store on June 9, 2022.
Jordan Coleman says he understands Mayor Eric Adams' initiative to reduce crime in the Big Apple.
Jordan Coleman says he understands Mayor Eric Adams’ initiative to reduce crime in the Big Apple.
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Shortly after the press conference, Coleman, who also works in the film department of Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, texted his father to tell him he was wrong.

“Dad, you can’t speak for me. I have drill rappers on our label as clients, and I love drill music. You can’t banish a genre. And I don’t know why you said what you said, but I disagree,” Coleman said in the text.

“And he was like, ‘I understand what you’re saying, and you have a right to disagree. We come from different times.

This image released by Republic Records shows rapper Pop Smoke.
Mayor Eric Adams claims he was first exposed to rapper Pop Smoke’s drill rap.
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Los Angeles rapper Avanti Frowner was known for flashing guns in his music videos.
Los Angeles rapper Avanti Frowner was known for flashing guns in his music videos.

Although the two don’t always agree, Coleman said understanding that his father is the product of a different generation is what “puts everything into perspective” for him.

“So he was just like, ‘Hey, I said what I said, and I’m going to own it. What I say and what I do are maybe two different things. But what I do is the right thing,” Coleman recalled.

“He has to understand that it’s a style that people choose. There is abstract art where people throw paint on a canvas and then call it abstract. And then there’s mumble rap, and there are other subgenres within hip-hop. His version of hip-hop was a little different from what my version of hip-hop is today.

This aerial photo from video provided by Fox11 News KTTV-TV shows the Hollywood Hills home, center, where 20-year-old Pop Smoke was fatally shot early Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Los Angeles.
Brooklyn-native rapper Pop Smoke was shot dead in a Los Angeles home burglary in February 2020.
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New York Yankees Vs. Boston Red Sox on Opening Day at Yankee Stadium - New York Mayor Eric Adams and his son Jordan Coleman in the dugout during the pregame.
Jordan Coleman said his father didn’t understand “my version of hip-hop”.
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Following the controversial remarks, Adams sat down with a group of drill artists and had a ‘big talk’ about the genre where he explained his main issue was how music promotes violence in real life. and how it is used to antagonize rivals.

“And they heard me,” Adams said after the encounter.

“And we’re going to be rolling out something in the next few days to fix that. It was a great conversation and I was happy to have them there.

Next, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Jordan Coleman attend a Mets game at Citi Field on July 29, 2021.
Eric Adams, then Brooklyn Borough President, and Jordan Coleman attend a Mets game at Citi Field on July 29, 2021.
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It’s not immediately clear what Adams meant by “deploy something,” or if he ever has.

However, Coleman said his father understood his son’s point of view and realized that “you can’t take ‘something’ away just because maybe you don’t like it or because there’s a controversy behind it.”

“As mayor of any city, you want your city to be safe and people to have a good time in your city. You want people to come there, not to kill people, but to spend money, have fun, and make memories,” Coleman said.

“So I think he focused on social media companies not to promote the bragging of killing each other.”

Still, he acknowledged it was a tricky line to walk “because that’s what this culture is all about.”

City hall did not immediately comment.

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