MUH 215 Paper-2.pdf - MUH 215 April 13th 2020 Drug Influence on Hip-Hop Throughout my life I have listened to hip-hop music and idolized hip-hop stars I

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MUH 215 April 13th, 2020 Drug Influence on Hip-Hop Throughout my life, I have listened to hip-hop music and idolized hip-hop stars. I have seen artists change the way people dress, talk, walk, and act. Artists have a certain type of influence that is indescribable and incomparable to any other type of celebrity. We’ve seen our favorite role models die throughout the years to many different things such as gang violence or illness. However, it is undeniable that the hip-hop industry has an extreme problem with drug abuse. Hip-Hop fans have seen their favorite role models such as Mac Miller, Lil Peep, and Juice WRLD all die to a drug overdose. The influence that these artists had on people is indescribable, people idolized these guys and now they lose them before they can even reach 21 years old, it is a true problem and needs to be addressed. I will be focusing on how certain artists have normalized drug use over the years, and how this has led to influence on certain people to try certain drugs. I also would like to emphasize at this point in the paper what I will be referring to when using the term “drug”. When using the term “drug” I am using this as a reference to: Pills (Xanax, Percocet, etc.), Lean (Codeine, Promethazine cough syrup), Opiates, etc. Marijuana will be removed from my list of drugs because of the legalization across the United States and the medical benefits, also no artists are dying from Marijuana. Drug culture started in rap during the 80’s when crack cocaine took over the nation. During this time, everyone was rapping about drugs and how they were affecting their lives because Cocaine was affecting everyone. Rapper Jay-Z once said, “You lookout in the puddles on the curbs - crack vials are littered in the side of the curbs. You can smell it in the hallways,
that putrid smell; I can’t explain it, but it’s still in my mind when I think about It.” This shows the effect that coke had on the ’80s. However, the focus of my paper will be on the modern influence of drugs and the normalization of overdose. The first main drug I would like to focus on and how it influenced hip-hop artists and listeners is Xanax. Xanax is a drug used to treat anxiety disorders and is extremely addictive. In 2016, about 8% of teens had tried Xanax in the United States (National Institute on Drug Abuse). Many artists have made references to Xanax whether that’s the experience of taking it or their fight with addiction. One of the first and most common artist to reference Xanax is “Future”. Future has written many songs and many many bars about drug use and addiction. In the song “Thought it was a Drought” Future said, “Taking prescription’s a hell of a feeling, As for the Xanny, I never forgot it”. Future is known as an artist to make references to many drugs, another drug commonly references is “Lean”. Lean is a drink made with sprite and Codeine or Promethazine cough syrup. Lean has put many artists such as Lil Wayne and Famous Dex through seizures and even killed Fredo Santana. Lean is something that seems very harmless, however it does extreme damage to your liver and kidneys. Future has songs called “Codeine

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