Lil Wayne holding “lean”, a popular syrup containing codeine (an opioid painkiller) and promethazine, which treats allergies and nausea.
It is no secret that drugs are a giant part of the hip hop community. Benzodiazepine’s like Xanax, (related to Valium, Ativan and roofies) which are used to treat panic disorders, depression, and PTSD, seem to be the drug of choice. Percocet, a mixture of tylenol and oxyocdone (related chemically to heroin) is also a favorite among big name rappers.
Lil Peep with Xanax on his face.
Lil Xan (right) and his friend, who has Anne Frank tattooed on his face (Hey I’m not judging… just pointing it out LOL)
Over the years, rap music as a whole has seen change unlike any other genre. A decade ago, the billboard top 100 song (of 2008) was Lollipop by Lil Wayne. This, to me, was the beginning of a heavily drug influenced career path for not just Weezy, but many others including Gucci Mane and Future. Drugs that are non-chalantly rapped about today would be considered “junky shit” or “hard drugs” 10 years ago. Before, young listeners who were naive to drug culture and life on the streets could learn from rap music, to avoid making life changing mistakes.
On November 15, 2017, rapper Lil Peep was found unresponsive from a fatal overdose, after accidentally taking fake Xanax pills that were made with the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl. Lil Peep was famous for his emotion packed songs with lyrics that centered around love and suicide, but mostly, drug use.
Cryptic, and almost subliminal messages displaying Lil Peep’s collapsing mental health could be seen all over his social media pages. In the new drug culture we have, these behaviors and messages were simply disregarded and labeled as silly antics. Anyone with a background in these issues would see “Peep” was clinically depressed with a drug problem that was spiraling out of control.
Lil Xan, who is a California rapper that now speaks out against using drugs, was fond of Lil Peep. Not being a Peep or Xan fan myself, I couldn’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of irony after reading and viewing all this information about these new artists.
I grew up listening to Tupac, I know every word to 50 Cent’s “Get Rich or Die Trying” album. I never in a million years thought we would end up here. I think Xan will find abstaining from these drugs will help his life more than if he were still using. There is also tons of great rappers making noise, that are still keeping our beloved culture solid. Currently out there at the moment:
Mysonne, G Herbo (Lil Bibby and the rest of Chicago), Tee Grizzley, A Boogie with the Hoodie (along with Don Q), and dozens more. My personal favorite artist is Sosa Chamberlain himself (Chief Keef), but thats a story for another time.
To wrap things up, I want to remind anyone reading this that’s dealing with drug addiction, that there is hope. I struggled with numerous drugs through out the years, and have finally become clean after years of trials and tribulations. Don’t let Lil Peep make you sad or angry at drugs, but lets his situation be a lesson (Learned the hard way.)
Peace and Love, ya boy Francez Montana.
The “Get home from work and smoke a blunt” video of the day:
“…speaking of wire, shout outs to Baltimore, them boys wanted justice, they ain’t wanna talk no more, burn down the CVS, cop car and the corner store. Which one of you tough ass rappers ready to go to war?” -Mysonne. Instagram: @mysonnenygeneral.
Also, check out my music @ www.soundcloud.com/francez-montana