NYC Mayor Eric Adams took a late-night meeting with a group of Brooklyn drill rappers on Tuesday (February 15) to discuss the city's growing gun violence issue.
Adams has previously blamed the rap genre for contributing to the rise in violence throughout the five boroughs, so he sat down with some of the rappers to talk solutions. A video posted to rapper Maino's Instagram page shows the group meeting with Adams in City Hall.
Maino, along with Fivio Foreign, CEO Slow, B-Lovee, Bucksy Luciano, Bleezy, and more were seen sitting around the table with Adams.
"There's been a lot of talk about drill rap, drill music in New York City, connection violence with the culture, and I just want to create a conversation with the mayor," Maino said in the video. "We're going to roll out something together," Adams says later.
"A Very Much Needed CONVERSATION," Maino captioned the IG post.
According to NBC News New York, as of Sunday (February 13), gun violence in NYC is up 37% compared to the same time last year, with an alarming average of four people are shot every day in NYC.
The conversation with the mayor comes after two rising drill rappers –– Tdott Woo and Chii Wittz –– were both shot and killed this month.
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