Impact of the drug use in the rap culture

How prominent rappers lose their lives for the high life?

Since the beginning, hip-hop music has been littered with reference to the drug culture. From Dr Dre’s ode to marijuana on The Chronic to southern rappers introducing purple drank into the vocabulary of most Americans, drugs have always been a part of the medium.

Look no further than some of the genre’s most famous titles or, for that matter, the entire weed history of Snoop Dogg. Also, the tragic loss of renowned celebrity or athlete to a drug or alcohol-related death is an event that often leaves many unanswered questions.

Not only famous rappers but also famous and much-adored celebrities such as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Heath Ledger have been the victims of such unfortunate circumstances.

The toll on the rap community.

Nonetheless, substance problems have taken their toll on the rap community: DB died in 2004 from an overdose on a mixture of cocaine and the prescription drug Tramadol. Further, Chris Kelly of Kriss Kross was also reported to have suffered from a fatal overdose.

However, many rappers have openly made reference to drugs as much a part of the rap game fantasy as violence and other illegal activities, in recent years. As a result, far too, many rappers have succumbed to the drug culture rather than keeping it a part of their art.

While Juice World is the latest rapper, who lost his life due to a reported drug overdose. Some claim that amongst his musical peers, he was the youngest to die due to an overdose. Which is very sad, and it is something the whole rap community should take into account. Rather than simply pursuing the high life and simply justifying the drug use to the culture and saying that simply it’s a part of their culture.

It is definitely a major concern because many youngster’s and various people of different backgrounds look up to these artists and if this is the case it is indeed a major problem. Because it might come to a point where the younger generation might be misled by their acts. Where they continue to post pictures on their social media platforms. Which might portray a rather negative message towards the younger generation.

The following list highlights how the rap community, like all, is not immune to the deadly drug culture.
  • Robert Earl Davis Jr. (1971-2000)- codeine and promethazine.
  • Ol Dirty Bastard (1968-2004)- a mixture of cocaine and the prescription painkiller Tramadol.
  • Pimp C (1973-2007)- Heavy usage of “purple drank”
  • Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly (1978-2013)-Unknown drug overdose.
  • Lil peep (1996-2017)-Accidental overdose of fentanyl and Xanax.
  • Mac Miller (1992-2018)-Accidental drug overdose due to “mixed drug toxicity” of fentanyl, cocaine, and alcohol.
Purple drank – Rappers using drugs
Five rappers, who have taken positive steps.
  • Eminem was a powerful voice for the recovery community. He even dedicated an entire album, Recovery, to his experience of sobering up. The influential rapper from Detroit was taking multiple pills and at one point was taking up to 60 Valium and Vicodin a day.
  • DMX, the former 43-year-old rap giant’s substance problems began. When he started to smoke blunt laced with cocaine. DMX claims that [Cocaine] was something that drew me in, and trapped me, and just had a hold on me for a long, long time.
  • Macklemore’s battle with alcoholism began when at just 13 when he raided his parent’s liquor cabinet and downed 12 shots. He claims that theTwelve-step programs have apparently helped: “It has been very important for me to be a part of a recovery community, to actively be around my people, because they understand me.”
  • T.I., the 34-year-old from Atlanta was a late bloomer, but his drug problems eventually escalated until he noticed changes in his lifestyle and personality and sought help.
  • Kid Cudi, the 31-year-old indie rapper from Cleveland claims that he turned to cocaine and alcohol to cope with the pressures of his rapid rise to fame. But he managed to kick his addictions.
  • Interestingly, Mike Majlak a member of the Impulsive podcast was also able to over several addictions throughout his life.

The above examples are a prime example to show that you can take control of your addiction and always seek help to overcome it and that you’re not alone in the fight against addiction.

Rappers using drugs

Moving on to the Juice album which was released recently. Is third the most-streamed album in Spotify ever. However, listening to it is really very sad to listen to someone who clearly had that level of talent. His message through the song was great but it brings us back to the albums that Mac Miller was making prior to his death

The Labels have a part to play.

Once again, the labels whoever it is if your artist is starting to make music about the high potential and high likely hood that they are going to die that day because of their taking overdose.

The labels have to take steps to ensure so that their artists are doing good. Because in the end there, not a way for the labels to harvest cash for them. That’s not how it should work because in the end there are people. Because something should have been done when Mac Miller was saying “I used to take drugs and now the drugs take me”


It is really unfortunate because when the culture and the fans embrace in. It’s stimulated to a much greater height. Simply because now people are making money off drugs and if you’re not using drugs you’re not a part of the rap world. Basically it has now become a trend and a lifestyle. Which is a very sad place to be at as a society. I mean until the culture says that doing drugs isn’t cool anymore and stops buying them and using it. It’s gonna continue and affect not only the rap community but also it will influence the younger generation.

By no means do I solely blame rappers for this culture? The opposing view would be that rappers should not be responsible for the new generation acting out.

Nonetheless, it is evident that rap has influenced the culture in positive, but more notoriously negative ways. With the constant mention of drugs and violence in rap music, it has created a culture of violent drug-addicted rappers and youth.

So,the real question would be whether the rappers are willing to give up its authenticity and roots of rap to protect our youth from fantasy worlds.

The answer would be a clear cut “No”.However, the rappers should realize how much they influence the fans, and the fact the most of their fans are young teens.

Therefore, the artist taking responsibility on the influence they have on fans as well as the education about the art of music from around the world. It would affect the fans of music and members of the music culture in a positive manner.

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