At least three rappers associated with the New York drill scene were pulled from the lineup this weekend Fast Rolling music festival at the request of the New York City Police Department, the New York Times‘ Joe Coscarelli has reported. Those named are Bronx’s Sha Ek and Ron Suno, as well as Brooklyn’s 22 Gz. The layoffs come just one day before the weekend festival is set to kick off at Queens’ Citi Field.
This isn’t the first time Rolling Loud and the NYPD have clashed. In 2019, five drill rappers were dropped from the festival’s New York pitstop including Casanova, Pop Smoke, Sheff G, and 22Gz. At the time, the assistant chief of the Police Department wrote in a letter to the organizers, “The New York City Police Department believes that if these individuals are allowed to demonstrate, there is a higher risk of violence .” Founder Tariq Cherif admitted that there was no other option if Rolling Loud wanted to return to New York. Last year at Rolling Loud, New Jersey’s Fetty Wap arrested and was taken into FBI custody before his set.
Earlier this year, the mayor of New York City, Eric Adams proposed that drill music should be removed from the social media platform and SHOWS to blame the genre of recent flaw. In February, Adams met with a group of rappers to discuss the matter.
Pitchfork has reached out to representatives of the artists and Rolling Loud for further comment.