Hip-Hop and Drugs

No matter the type of hip-pop music you listen to you will almost certainly hear something about drugs. Some good things, some bad. Artist rap about popping pills, smoking weed, railing lines, and sipping lean. They rap about drugs destroying the lives of closes family and friends, also how some drugs are used as a tool get out of poverty, expand their consciousness, or even to forget about their past life. Drugs have always had a huge impact in the hip-hop scene, from 50 Cent rapping about selling bricks “I ain’t on no funny shit I’m on some ‘get this money’ shit Every four days in PA I move another brick According to the DEA I sold dope in VA.” To an 18-year-old Lil Pump standing on Lamborghini, sipping lean in a music video. From the ‘80s to present day, the use of drug slang in songs has increased drastically. A study of drug references in rap songs found that, in the early ‘80s just 11 percent of songs produced had a drug reference. The same study was conducted for songs produced in 2008 and found that 77% of the songs produced had some sort of drug reference. The popularity of hip hop along with the increased number of drug references, has serious effects on our society. Some can be seen as good, while others might have negative connotations. Artist talking about drug use will create a mainstream appeal and bring more acceptance. As of now, when someone thinks of drug users, they typically think of a junkie, causing crime, homeless, in the ghetto. This way of thinking is because once someone becomes addicted there is no easy access to help. Rehabilitation clinics cost thousands and you can’t just walk up to a cop and ask for help. You will likely be thrown in jail. So, users just spiral downwards till they cannot contribute to society and either overdose or end up in jail, rarely do they recover. Now, if there were more acceptance and knowledge on what the drugs do, benefits and cons, how much is safe, and what to do if you get addicted. Along with, legal access to quality dugs that aren’t laced with fentanyl and who knows what else. The number of deaths and overdoses would decrease and people who wanted to use could still be a functioning part of society. Hip hop can create a new acceptance of drug use in America, over the coming years we are likely see a shift in how society views drug users, hopefully bringing better access to healthcare and treatment for those suffering from addiction.