Tackling one thing at a time, a muted voice now speaks loud. Getting that stigma off our backs, the culture is headed for a turnaround. While the issues of gun toting and violence still remain a major topic within the world, not just the culture, that argument tends to differ depending on the type of vulture.
The deep rooted issues generating denouncing behaviors of a particular group of people has the least to do with race, gender or the neighborhood you happen to come from. That nonsense about a certain type of people inducing a certain type of affliction as a part of a protracting smearing campaign is rubbish as it deals heavily with the psychological and that of which causes influence, not to mention, it is universal development. But that’s not even today’s discussion, so to those automated cynics, keep your squabbling. And although what’s done behind closed doors could be considered as part of the debate, then the entire cabinet might be castigated, so let’s not go there today either.
Shutting down the Nixons of the world, a new study conducted by addictions.com shows that Hip Hop, contrary to conservative belief, has the least amount of drug references out of all genres of music including: rock, pop, jazz, folk, electronic, country, and other.
This is shocking statistics found as Hip Hop has long been condemned for the ruin of adolescents since its introduction to the market. If your kid is defiant, rebellious, a misfit of any sort, any of those things or something similar, for years its always been at the fault of Hip Hop and the artists of which it employs.
Research showed that out of 1.41 million songs with a set of search terms such as:
“acid, Adderall, addy, Ativan, bars, blotter, blow, blues, blunt, bud, buddha, chronic, cid, cocaine, coke, crack, crank, dank, dope, dose, doses, dro, ecstasy, gak, h, heroin, hydro, ice, joint, key, lean, Lortab, LSD, lucy, Marijuana, MDMA, meth, methamphetamine, microdot, molly, morphine, oxy, oxycontin, perc, Percocet, Percocet, piff, pill, pot, powder, purp, Promethazine, roxy, speed, sizzurp, spliff, syrup, tab, tabs, tar, tweak, upper, Valium, Vicodin, weed, white, x, and Xanax.”
Hip Hop turned up with the least number of mentions. Smile.
While drug innuendo’s like lean and molly can be heard throughout the lyrics of rappers like a Lil’ Wayne, or early Gucci Mane before changing his ways, unsurprisingly, the most used term in all of the Hip Hop lyrics to be discussed and at times glorified is, can you guess?
Yes, the answer is marijuana and/or weed. And when you research that, marijuana is only a drug because the government says so not because it actually is. It is a rare occasion that a cannabis plant caused a direct death to any living soul. And I beg to differ the conversation that it is someone’s gateway drug, as that is more a discussion for followers as oppose to leaders; and I like to think of my Hip Hop culture as a leading culture meant to uplift and propel a people to greater levels – as its been doing so from the beginning. With our moguls running multi-billion dollar companies, employing and educating the people on better ways to rake in legitimate paper-money; raising funds and donating to crippling education systems that are only immobilized due to poor governmental practices and priorities; I would say our culture is the most inspiriting next to Gospel if you consider some of our Hip Hop greats like a Kendrick Lamar for example.
The artists to hold the most bars citing drugs within Hip Hop according to this study are Eminem, The Game, Lil Wayne (which we’ve already mentioned), and Jay-Z, the top five artists to refer to drugs the most, even over suspected targets such as Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa. Again, they don’t top rap/rock group the Kottonmouth Kings with 135 more references than Eminem who holds the most out of the four. And of course, we can’t forget about some few who discuss drugs too like Future, Method Man, Too $hort and a few more, it still doesn’t even level the field.
And with the war on drugs beginning after the black inner cities were somehow infiltrated with cocaine manipulated to a deadlier substance (crack), how do you suppose those poor folks were able to attain the high grade of which was deduced? Where did it come from? And after destroying their lives and record, leaving them with little to no option but to reprise, how are they to recover? Let’s be real here, it is no baffle the reason for this war on drugs to have begun if you’re wondering why, especially when you compare today’s helpless addicts who look much different than those 20 years prior who were then made into vicious felons.
In fact, out of all other highly anticipated genres like rock and electronic music, the study revealed that Country music outweighs all as being the leading genre to popularize and push most drug references, followed by Jazz. Interesting. And as numbers would tell it, according to Forbes, in 2016 Hip Hop ranked fourth behind Pop, Rock and Country in revenue’s made. Meaning, there are far more people buying into a drug infested Country album, without blame.
This bringing to question, why is Hip Hop usually the suspected culprit when as a majority, all we do is smoke weed? Like really, from our 420 discussion last week, there is much to say about a now million dollar industry being horrid when it is also used in the medical field to save lives, and you can’t even overdose off of it as there have been 0 lives lost due to trees. And not to say that we are for the promotion of smoking weed or drinking lean, but one can not propose any more than a Billy Ray as to the conditions of a drug wielding lifestyle or persistent language being pushed down the throat of a consumer or listener.
News discussions ripping the reputations of our beloveds based on false accusations has been a norm since the birth of this nation. The pot calling the kettle black, a favorite thing to do. It is bigger than this conversation.