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Chiraq, Drillinois: Guns, Murder, Music, and Understanding

By @TonyDelerme

In 1956, Johnny Cash released his classic song “Folsom Prison Blues” in which he stated, “I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die.” For those of you familiar with this song, ask yourself, “Have I ever felt like killing someone after listening to this?” The obvious answer, of course, is no. Yet, there seems to be a double standard when it comes to hip hop and its new found sub-genre, drill music.

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Drill music was founded in the early 2000s by rapper, Pacman, from Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood of Dro City. 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. It’s gotten to the point where some of the sub-genres biggest stars like Lil Durk, have been banned from preforming in the city. Some music fans — even hip hop fans — dismiss drill music as not worth listening to. However, with a little understanding of its origins, it soon becomes obvious that drill music is not influencing the violence in Chicago. It’s actually helping to reduce it.  (Read at Huffington Post)

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