Common believes the Chicago music scene may have a negative effect on listeners who follow the genre. Common, 41, hopes to work with one of Chi Town’s rising MCs Chief Keef to come to a resolution on the issue.
The “Be” rapper told The Associated Press he hopes to call together a “peace summit” with Young Sosa whose music has popularized the “drill sound.”
Epic Records artist King Louie, a Chi Town native credited with pioneering the Drill sound, sat down in an interview with Ebony Magazine to discuss the origins of the term “drill.”
“Drill music is like the new Chicago,” King Louie told Ebony. “Drill originally wasn’t music. It was a term for going on hits. We started the term, really my guy Pac R.I.P.[did]. That’s who started the term drill.”
King Louie, now known in the industry as King L, isn’t shy to give credit of the Drill sound to his slain friend.
Louie made mention of P-Pac in BET’s “Murder to Excellence: Life & Hip Hop in Chicago” documentary, saying, “I rep P-Pac man, he the king of drill music. He the originator. Drill music is a real drill. Anything can be a drill. It’s a new sound. Our music.”
Louie explained the term “hit” as having violent origins.
“It’s really like going to kill some people or shoot at them, but drill can also mean anything,” the “My N-----” rapper explained. “You and your guys got a bunch of girls and you’re about to turn up with them, we call it a drill. So when you say drill music, it was never music.
“Hitters and drillers are shooters but that’s not all,” he continued. “If we got to an altercation and I beat you’re a**, that’s a drill.”
Chicago has been getting a bad rap after it was named the nation’s murder capital after a reported 509 homicides were recorded in 2012.
Common doesn’t want to pin the deaths of many Chicagoans on the music.
“To decide to take someone’s life, I don’t think they let a rap song determine that,” he said, according to the AP.
Fans, he said, may be “influenced by that energy and take it the wrong way.”
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