The NYPD has admitted the New York City drill rap music scene is one of the reasons why gun violence is very high in the Big Apple.
NYPD said based on their investigations, gang rivalry is still at the root of some of the latest shootings involving rap musicians.
“The music definitely inflames the situation,” NYPD Deputy Chief Joseph Gulotta, commanding officer of detectives in Brooklyn South said.
“But these are gang shootings. I think sometimes rap and the lyrics ignite, cause some issues. But I don’t think that’s the underlying motive at the end of the day,” Gulotta added.
One of these rap-infused gun violence occurred last week in the fatal shooting of Brooklyn rapper TDott Woo outside his home in Canarsie — just hours after signing a recording contract.
Gulotta said gang disputes are one of the top reasons for the rising gun violence in NYC.
“These are ongoing gang disputes in the same geographical area,” he said.
“Can they be connected? They sure could. These are longstanding beefs between these groups and they’re right there on top of each other,” he added.
He said detectives have enough on their plates without having to deal with the fallout from diss tracks, even though sometimes the clues to solving the crimes are right there in the songs.
“They’ll talk about what they’re going to do,” Gulotta explained.
“They’ll talk about the past,” Gulotta added.