Eric Adams: New York’s “First Hip Hop Mayor.”
Eric Adams has been quite the polarizing figure ever since he became mayor of New York City. He has had some interesting opinions about hip hop, both the music and the culture. Adams said that Drill music videos should be taken down from platforms like YouTube. He believes that Drill music is a problem in the city. However, many people have disagreed with Adams, arguing that Drill music is not a problem. Instead, it is a form of expression for many young people.
When Adams made these comments, he was met with immediate outrage, and his favorability among the public took a sharp hit. In more recent times, Adams has been seen embracing hip-hop culture. He has been photographed partying with French Montana, and now, he seems to be getting more endorsements from the genre than he did before.
Universal Hip Hop Museum
Recently, at a press conference, Adams announced a $5.5 million investment in the Universal Hip hop Museum which is being erected in the South Bronx. This is a museum dedicated to the history and culture of hip hop. It is expected to be one of the most visited museums in the city once it opens. This is just one example of how hip hop is being embraced by the city and the positive impact it has.
This endorsement is something that the public has not seen from Adams in the past. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Now that he is embracing hip hop, he has been able to garner more support from the public. It will be interesting to see how this plays out, and whether or not he will continue to embrace hip hop.
Only Time Will Tell
Adams makes a pretty interesting statement, claiming that he’s the first New York mayor to embrace the genre. “First time in New York City history, we have a Hip Hop mayor,” he said. This statement certainly drew a lot of attention, and it seems to have pleased the public. It will be interesting to see if Adams is able to keep this support as his opinions on hip-hop continue to evolve.
Regardless of whether or not you agree with Adams’ comments about hip-hop, it’s undeniable that he has gained support from the public. This is likely due to the fact that he has been embracing the genre. These are comments that may draw some eye-rolls especially given his comments about the drill. Regardless, the city is investing in hip-hop-related funds, which is a step in the right direction.