For a genre that purports to set trends, recent years have seen Hip Hop sooner play ‘follower’ than it would ‘leader’.
However, more so than any of the trends its taken on recently, its part in glamorising the drug MDMA (otherwise known as Molly) has gone some way to expose a culture that can be convinced into trying anything, if packaged sweetly enough.
Now, as a former of the deadly drug, Joe Budden has spoken out against the sinister attempt to normalize its use.
His words below…
“I didn’t see a problem with the fact that maybe five days would go by without sleeping. I didn’t see a problem with the fact that maybe I was hallucinating at times. I didn’t see a problem with the fact that I just couldn’t get up and walk sometimes. It just altered your thinking process dramatically, and for a thinker like myself, that was like nothing I’d ever experienced before.
Now everyone is speaking about Molly like it’s the thing to do. I thought it was important for somebody, anybody, to stand up and say, ‘you know, I did that, it’s corny.’ I’m just hoping that at the end of the day, it won’t be me versus the entire music industry when it comes to who a 13-year-old should listen to regarding drugs.”
While isn’t it the job of entertainers to warn the wider public against drugs, one does have to wonder why an industry whose lost so many to drugs would turn a blind eye to ‘Molly’s endorsement.
Here’s hoping Joe’s message encourages people to take a less passive approach when digesting Pop culture.