So, About Chicago Drill Culture.
Chicago’s drill music scene has reinvented itself over and over. Within its first years of emerging, founding rappers of this movement died.
Death in the drill scene is frequent, considering the disrespectful content its most famous songs carry. However, the ends are haunting, which I expect now.
There is virtually a direct digital trail of the beef that leads to these artists’ death; that trail is their music.
Von F*cked up the game.
A tragic story. 26 year old from Chicago, I believe when I look at King Von, another rapper who is the victim to hip hop culture,
In many instances, hip hop culture is something that many people have taken and used to masquerade gang culture; gang culture has lived side-by-side, with hip hop culture and often mixed up.
And one of the things that I guess is the most annoying to me is people who generally listen to Von's music or people who typically listen to artists' music. They kind of get involved in violent situations like this. They don't know about gang culture but know about hip hop culture, and because sometimes hip hop culture and gang culture intertwine, people who listen to hip hop think they have a window into that world and never do.
And that goes for white and black people, certain people believe that because they grew up broke, they grew up in the hood because you grew up with no money that means you grew up around gangs and you probably did, and this is a problem that more so affects young black men. And yes, it shows that money does not provide happiness money does not provide a mental escape. Still, you would like to think that it gives you enough opportunities to put yourself in a position where you no longer have to engage in this lifestyle.
I hate hip-hop culture, at least in this climate, because both white people get to be the beneficiaries. And get to be the biggest profiteers from that culture, while black men tend to be the only rappers who suffer the consequences of hip hop culture. The likelihood of you hearing about a post-Malone getting gunned down outside of a club is slim to none.
When listening to a young black act that fear of, when is it gonna happen to him is always reoccurring because now for a lot of them, music was the escape from gang culture, they coexist right next to each other, you can't get into one and not the other. Which, to me, means that we just need better forms of escape for people.
We need better outlets and better forms for reform for kids coming out of that environment looking into new spaces because of that mentality that mindset you can't take everywhere with you.
Its A Business
Celebrity death has always been a lucrative business. A 2015 study from Dianna Theadora Kenny claims that over half of the hip-hop artists who reached an untimely death were killed.
King Von has shown these artists are worth the investment when transitioning to rap stardom. A University of Chicago study says Black teens create more online content than any other racial group. But, the Sun-Times reported that less than 5 percent of workers at Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are Black.
“There is an incredibly dark cloud that also is backed up by handcuffs and jail cells,” said sociologist Forrest Stuart, the author of “Ballad of the Bullet: Gangs, Drill Music, and the Power of Online Infamy.” “Drill has become the latest ‘folk devil’ in the city. It’s just the latest in a long line of codes that allow policymakers and officials to look the other way, like the kinds of structural issues that we know are hamstringing Black communities.
This unjust behavior has been cultivating for about a decade, mixed between other rappers with similar temperaments in their music. The problem is, gatekeepers and content creators have yet to address these issues. Record labels have profited from every violent death in hip-hop, with no positive return to these affected communities. Pop Smoke, Juice World, Nipsey Hussle, have broken records and outsold their peers in the afterlife.
The problem isn't solely on its community; consumers and critics should expect this force-fed narrative from the chosen few who have acquired a name for themselves. Just as the culture has gotten into the routine of correcting media outlets for displays of misogyny, bigotry, and all things MAGA, the culture needs to identify and confront this weird obsession with seeing astronomical numbers slain black bodies.