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I have never seen so many rappers glorify drug use as I have in 2017. It seemed at one point every rap song that came out had something to do with “Molly”, Percocet, Xanax, Lean, and marijuana.
Molly is MDMA, which is a recreational drug also known as Ecstacy or E. It has become very popular in the party scene, especially in the EDM world, where it seems to go almost hand in hand. The desired recreational effects include increased empathy, euphoria, and heightened sensations. It is potentially life-threatening in high doses. As with almost any medication or drug.
Percocet is oxycodone and acetaminophen, a pharmaceutical opioid painkiller prescribed by doctors that relieves moderate to severe pain. It can be easily obtained by asking any doctor that doesn’t give a fuck about your life and just wants to get paid by big pharma. Its side effects may include constipation, liver damage, or even death.
Xanax or Alprazolam is a “potent, short-acting benzodiazepine anxiolytic—a minor tranquilizer.” – Wikipedia. Xanax is used to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety caused by depression. The high is known to come from resisting the urge to sleep for the approx 15 minutes. The sensation is said to be similar to having your head in the clouds, one person described it as being drunk. It is one of the most highly prescribed drugs in the United States and is also highly addictive.
Lean aka “purple drank” or codeine is essentially cough syrup. Why anyone would drink that shit is fucking a mystery to me, but apparently, it makes you feel like you’re drunk. Available over the counter, this prescribed cough syrup is usually added to drinks like grape kool-aid and can be identified by the two cups it’s contained in. Codeine is a relatively safe way to treat minor pain or control troublesome coughs. However, users often abuse codeine for the feelings of relaxation and euphoria they produce. Serious side effects may include permanent organ damage or death.
Marijuana is marijuana, if you don’t know what that is by now, please get out from under your rock. Even my grandparents know what marijuana is.
Now that I have filled you in, it is time to get to the point.
Last year, 2017, saw a rise in hip-hop artists such as Lil Pump, Smokepurpp, Young Thug, Lil Wayne, Mac Miller, ScHoolboy Q, and Future inject these drugs into their lyrics or music videos. Talking about how they love them, how its good for them, and how if you don’t do them, you’re essentially not cool. This trend was quickly picked up by the younger and more easily influenced generation of hip-hop fans and in essence, created a wave of young junkies who wanted to follow their idol’s footsteps.
These artists have a responsibility to their fans, to set an example that would help their fans not bring them down. After all, when it comes time for rehab, these fans don’t have the millions of dollars to rely on to help them cut the habit. No, all their money was quite possibly spent on drugs like molly, Percocet, xanies, lean and weed, oh let’s not forget their idol’s album as well.
As we step into 2018 Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Pump, and Smokepurpp seem to have opened their eyes and declared they will no longer be using Xanax and Lean.
Smokepurpp tweeted “We leaving Xanax in 2017.” I hope they do because young kids need better role models than junkies.
This tweet made me happy !!! pic.twitter.com/BcfWusgG3k
— TRAVIS SCOTT (@trvisXX) January 1, 2018