At least one radio personality is standing up against the gun violence littering the rap community. On Tuesday (February 1), Hot 97 DJ Drewski vowed to stop giving music airtime that includes gang affiliations or disses aimed at rival rappers.
The radio personality made the announcement via his Instagram Stories, writing, “I’m not supporting no more diss/gang music! If ya dissing each other in the songs, don’t even send it to me! I don’t care if the artist sends it, the label sends it, your big Homie sends it! I will not support or play anymore Diss/Gang records on the radio! We r losing too many young men and women to the streets!”
He continued, “If you make drill music, there are a lot of drill songs without dissing your opps or smoking your opps! Step up your pen game and creativity. No reason why every week someone is getting locked up or killed. I can’t change the world, but I can stop supporting the nonsense. I admit I’m a fan of the drill records and supported from the beginning. But it’s only getting worse. SMH.”
DJ Drewski’s posts arrive shortly after Brooklyn Drill rapper Nas Blixky was shot in the head and fellow Brooklynite Tdott Woo was fatally shot in broad daylight.
The latest shootings follow an unprecedented number of violent deaths in 2021. As the year came to a close, Memphis hero Young Dolph and Los Angeles-based rapper Drakeo The Ruler both lost their lives as a result of violence. But that was just the tip of the iceberg — at least 21 other rappers were killed last year, including Slim 400, Ohio rapper Boog The Bandit, Lil Durk’s brother OTF DThang and Outlawz affiliate Gonzo.