In late January, up-and-coming rapper Nas Blixky was gunned down in Brooklyn’s Prospect Lefferts Garden neighborhood. A few days later, the New York Daily News posted a story in which his family spoke on his behalf, saying he was going to drop the “Blixky” from his name and revise its lyrical content. “I told him he was better than that,” his stepfather said. “You want him dead?” He is dead. He will return with better music and better lyrics.
Nas Blixky has neither confirmed nor denied his parents’ claims, but recent video shows him in a hospital bed, rapping, “I lost loved ones in the trenches, it made me slip with this blicky.” It’s unclear which direction he’ll go, but his stepfather’s wish for “better lyrics” reverberates throughout New York.
Shortly after Blixky’s death, artist and dancer TDott Woo was gunned down in Brooklyn, the same day he signed a recording contract. After the news broke, Hot 97’s DJ Drewski reacted to the ongoing violence in the most concrete way he thought he could, announcing that he would no longer play diss records on his radio shows. New at @2am and The new MVMT. On Instagram, he wrote: “I no longer support diss/gang music! If you fight in the songs, don’t even send it to me!” Drewski added, “We’re losing too many young men and women on the streets!”
The reaction was widespread. Drewski tells Complex that “99%” of the responses were positive, noting that local community leaders and pastors applauded him and invited him to attend church services and meetings. Hot 97 and Apple Music personality Ebro supported his decision, noting that he had previously refrained from playing diss records. Ebro also took to Instagram to challenge Hot 97 DJs TT Torrez and Funkmaster Flex to do the same. Joe Budden recently had a segment on his podcast titled “We’re Not Supporting Your Beef Anymore”. It seems many people in and out of the rap world feel like diss songs contribute to gun violence, but Drewski was the catalyst for making those feelings tangible.