With hip-hop artists still falling prey to the consequences of gun violence, rappers continue to comment on murder. Thanks to trap and drill beats, these songs have gotten more raucous. Here is a list of some hip-hop songs that illustrate how today’s rappers are expressing themselves within the context of gun violence and street-life.
1. “Tell the Vision” – Pop Smoke (ft. Pusha T and Kanye West)
This entire album is decorated with religious-imagery. Pop Smoke was tragically murdered far too soon like many other hip-hop greats. The religious themes are also fitting as Ye lost his mother at around the same time as achieving world-wide fame. “N*gga we made it. We made it. Look, mama. I made it.”
2. “Still Running” – Lil Baby ft. Lil Durk and Meek Mill
“I jump right in the field with no parachute and one pair of shoes.” The militant-imagery makes it clear. Rich or poor, these guys are prepared to throw down no matter what.
3. “Back in Blood” – Pooh Shiesty ft. Lil Durk
“Extortin’ sh*t just like in the ’80s/Want something back, get it in blood.” These new-school rappers are repping old-school intimidation tactics. Their aggressive actions come backed by violence.
4. “Hot N*gga” by Bobby Shmurda
“Shorty love the way that I floss out!” This unapologetic murder-anthem illuminates a new era of gangster lyricism. As a fellow resident of Brooklyn, NY, Bobby Shmurda embodies a similar NYC gumption rapped over new-age drill beats.