Drill rap is a subgenre of hip hop music that originated in Chicago, United States, and has since spread to other cities around the world, including London and Toronto. The term “drill” is thought to have originated from slang used by Chicago gangs to refer to the act of carrying out a shooting or an attack.
Drill rap is characterized by its aggressive lyrics and heavy use of trap-style beats, typically featuring ominous synths, 808 bass, and rapid hi-hat patterns. The lyrics often focus on street violence, drug dealing, and gang activity, with rappers frequently boasting about their criminal exploits.
While some argue that drill rap glorifies violence and perpetuates negative stereotypes about inner-city life, others see it as a raw and authentic form of expression for marginalized communities. The genre has also been criticized for its potential links to real-life violence, with some rappers and their associates being involved in criminal activity.