Now I’ve written about drugs and Hip Hop since this website first launched. I’m going to try and keep this short and sweet because instead of me repeating the same thing I will encourage you to go to our homepage and to type in the search bar “drugs” and just read all of the pieces I’ve written previously on this topic. Now I don’t know this young man but apparently he was a rapper, Lil Peep out of LA by way of Staten Island was found dead on his tour bus. They say he was responsible for bringing back emo-rap. (I told you all we need sub-genres) A young 21 year old guy who is in a perpetuated drug induced mental state rapping about being depressed and self-medicating and no one is helping him only trying to help themselves. This young man’s manager came out and said he knew this day would come. Did you do anything to help him? Did you discourage this behavior? I know you can’t stop someone from doing drugs but you cannot be an enabler.
Drug use being rapped about on a song isn’t anything new. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Pimp C, Three 6 Mafia, and other rappers over the years have spoken about drug abuse. I’m not talking about marijuana. I’m talking about cocaine, powder, and coke. Wu Tang Clan members have mentioned how drugs affected their lives. Rappers then were really doing the drugs that they rapped about as oppose to today when it’s more about having people think that you abuse drugs. It’s very seldom that deaths have people actually change their lifestyles. Lil Uzi Vert may have tweeted that he was sober for a day but what will he do next week? R.I.P.: DJ Screw, Pimp C, Lord Infamous, O.D.B., and the like. They may not have overdosed but their health issues were a result of their drug abuse.
Lil Peep was crying out for help via Hip Hop music. He used it in hopes that someone would rescue him but instead they threw him in a studio and on stage. All these tweets and posts of condolences but there will be no nationwide social media outpouring of love if you overdose. Wiz Khalifa recently discouraged people from using lean and not being a follower. Even though he smokes marijuana does not mean that he isn’t right in his message. DMX is one of our most beloved emcees and drugs have made his life a rollercoaster to say the least. First it was white stuff, then it was green stuff, and now drugs comes in all shapes and colors thanks to the pharmaceutical companies. Who will step up and make being sober the new cool because the next drug that comes onto the market may be the last one you try.
“The longer you stay, the more you pay.” – Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five (White Lines)