The NYPD impacted the city’s drill scene in a major way. Rolling Loud is one of the biggest music festivals where all sorts of artists get a chance to increase their popularity. Sadly, certain drill rappers won’t get to make a bigger impression at the festival.

Ron Suno, 22Gz, and Sha Ek are the drill rappers that the NYPD removed from the Rolling Loud New York lineup, according to The New York Times. They requested the removal of these artists from the festival to the management, to which they obliged.

This is not the first time that the NYPD has acted to halt the progress of drill rappers like that. In 2019, they requested the organizers to remove five drill artists in an issued statement.

The department’s assistant chief suggested that Casanova, Sheff G, Pop Smoke, and 22Gz would bring a “higher risk of violence,” if allowed to play at the festival. Tariq Cheriff, Rolling Loud founder, eventually complied with the authorities because the Big Apple was too big a venue to miss.

The drill scene is still notorious in the city, as many blame the surge in violence on it. Mayor Eric Adams even wants the genre banned from social media platforms. Rolling Loud still has a massive line-up, with Nicki Minaj, A$AP Rocky, and Future leading the show.

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Nitish Vashishtha

Nitish Vashishtha is a freelance writer/news correspondent from India. He’s written content for companies like ScoopWhoop and Sportskeeda. He’s been writing about pop-culture, current affairs and pro-wrestling since 2017. While pursuing Master's in Mass Communication with a special interest in Advertising, his key areas of creativity lie in designing, content creation and creative storytelling as well as fictional writing. In his free time, he likes to create new riffs on his guitar, learning about whatever piques his interest, reading books ranging from philosophy to speculative sci-fi and enjoys watching anything HBO (Succession FTW).

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