Inside a decade of Drill Rap with The New York Times' 'Popcast'

The latest episode of ‘Popcast’ explores the subgenre
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In the last ten years, Drill Rap has infiltrated the Hip Hop world. Known for its unfiltered lyrics surrounding crime and violence, the subgenre was popularized by Chicago rappers Chief Keef, Lil Durk, Lil Reese, G Herbo, and more in the early 2010s, and it has continued with momentum into 2022.

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Drill also has its own scene and particular sound in regions like New York City and London. Today, Drill is spearheaded by Fivio Foreign, Kay Flock, Sleepy Hallow, and the late Pop Smoke.

On this week’s episode of the Popcast, New York Times’ Pop music critic Jon Caramanica and guests Joe Coscarelli and David Drake explore the subgenre further. “I think it’s interesting the way that the sounds have traveled geographically,” says Coscarelli. “It’s just modern street rap, that’s what Drill means,” Drake added.

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