17 Rappers Who Once Kicked Their Drug Habit


The idea of “Black-on-Black” crime is a myth because the majority of all violent crime in the United States happens between people of the same race. Hov assured fans that his music catalog holds all the advice and wisdom needed to prosper, and he wasn’t lying. Rappers not only influenced trends but also played a pivotal role in introducing and popularizing mainstays like BAPE, Supreme, Tommy Hilfiger and True Religion.

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The first hip hop radio hit “Rapper’s Delight” chronicled an experience by Wonder Mike of The Sugarhill Gang where he went over to a friend’s house whose mama couldn’t cook. The lyrics, “The macaroni’s soggy, the peas are all mushed / And the chicken rappers on drugs tastes like wood,” are cemented into early rap lore. Thus, with such an early connection, rappers’ names being inspired by food would soon enough follow. Voters passed the pioneering decriminalization law, measure 110, with 58% support in 2020.

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Where the more direct drug influences in rap lie are in clips of hip hop artists. A specific interview that stands out is legendary hip hop interviewer Nardwuar the Human Serviette’s go at Lil Uzi Vert. He laughs in an ecstatic and almost drunk fashion at nearly everything Nardwuar says and looks like he’s having a fantastic time. Name it, and your favorite rapper has probably rapped about it. Yet the stereotype of the drug-addled rapper doesn’t apply universally.

Alongside these deaths by misadventure, there are the victims of violent crime. Despite being accused of horrific abuse by an ex-partner, XXXTentacion enjoyed massive popularity before being killed in 2018 aged 20 as he was robbed outside a Florida motorcycle dealership. Pittsburgh rapper Jimmy Wopo – touted as the heir to local forebears Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller – was killed in a drive-by shooting the same day. Two weeks later, 21-year-old Canadian rapper and Drake tourmate Smoke Dawg was killed outside a Toronto nightclub. In March 2019, Nipsey Hussle was shot dead outside his Los Angeles clothing store.

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The results showed that substance use was referenced in 77 percent of rap songs, the highest percentage of drug mentions among all genres included in the study. Since the 1980s, rappers have referenced substance use in lyrics. Others have expressed concern about drug culture, emphasizing the negative consequences, including addiction.

rappers on drugs

They may not have participated in drug use or heavy drinking prior to experiencing fame, but they were surrounded by these behaviors growing up. Phillip Coleman, 34, a rapper in Rochester, New York, who goes by the name GodclouD, started using at age 15 after being prescribed 5-milligram tablets of Percocet following wisdom tooth extraction. That set him on a path to misusing prescription painkillers, which led to cocaine and then a heroin addiction that eventually landed him in prison. Whether it’s Percocet pills or lean, “it’s all in the same class as heroin and fentanyl,” Chapman said.

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They have also raised questions about a witness’ identification of him. In Brooklyn federal court, assistant US attorney Miranda Gonzalez said that as the spotlight faded, Mizell turned to the drug trade, serving as a middleman to sellers and buyers across the country. A few simple calls, she said, could earn him «hundreds of thousands» of dollars. Along the way, Mizell opened a 24/7 studio in Hollis and a label mentoring up-and-comers including 50 Cent. Jam Master Jay, whose real name is Jason Mizell, was shot dead at a studio in Queens, New York on October 30, 2002.

  • It’s like her music is a Valentine’s Day chocolate sampler box.
  • The symptoms range from runny nose and eyes to diarrhea and usually can be stopped with a gulp of cough syrup or lean, he said.
  • Hov assured fans that his music catalog holds all the advice and wisdom needed to prosper, and he wasn’t lying.
  • Investigators were quick to eye Washington, who reportedly had been living on Jay’s couch.

Artists like Young Nyke sometimes confront neighborhood and family violence, as well as a general lack of opportunities and resources in their communities — circumstances amplified by the covid pandemic. The poetic words detailing the rappers’ experience offer some support. In another recent rapper admission, Pusha T takes full blame for the drug reference in Rap craze that continues to snowball (of course, we all know Kool G. Rap and album called Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… deserves credit, too).

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