“Drill music was founded in the early 2000s by rapper, Pacman, from Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood of Dro City,” huffingtonpost.com columnist Tony Delerme informs. “For the most part, it could be considered gangsta rap 2.0 due to its strong subject matter on gangs, guns and drugs. In recent years, the highly aggressive lyrics in drill music have been the cause of great debate over whether or not they’re influencing the violence plaguing Chicago.” I must’ve missed that one. And even if it’s true, First Amendment and all that. So what else needs saying? Mr. Delerme reckons that drill music is more than a free speech thing. It’s a “gun violence” reducing thing . . .
Last week, CBS Chicago reported that so far this year the number of murders being recorded is at its lowest in nearly 50 years. It’s no coincidence to me that since the popularity of drill music has taken off, homicides have gone down. This isn’t to say that rapping is the only way to stop the violence in Chicago, but it can help. It’s in chasing a dream that you ultimately find your life’s purpose. And a sense of purpose is what’s lacking amongst the youth in Chicago at the moment. If drill music is what’s helping provide that, then I will support it all the way.
Ah, nothing like a strategically placed “to me” and “if” to make the most ludacris [sic] argument seem vaguely, slightly, imperceptibly plausible. But WTH. Based on Mr. Delerme’s self-indulgent analysis, I suggest that the City of Chicago hold a drill music festival to promote the music in the interest of public safety. Do it for the children!