Rappers and ravers, stop glorifying deadly drugs

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Ivan Minsloff
Are ravers the modern day hippies? There are plenty of parallels, from the flower imagery to the PLUR mentality. Then, of course, there's the idea of using drugs as a path to enlightenment. (Or at least, amazing vibes.)

But when it comes to drugs there's a key difference: The hippies were safer. From their weak-ass pot to their LSD, their preferred recreational drugs were less likely to kill you.

See Also: Top 10 rules of the rave: A guide to underground dance party etiquette


Sure, anyone can get a "bad" dose of drugs, but as Dennis Romero reported in September, all of those rave deaths you hear about aren't a result of, say, molly mixed with rat poison -- they're the result of molly itself. 

But EDM devotees aren't the only ones glamorizing unsafe drugs. Hip-hop, which has featured its own sporadic shout-outs to MDMA over the years, has became increasingly obsessed with lean, a.k.a. codeine-promethazine cough syrup combined with soda (and sometimes Jolly Ranchers). 

Sure, death from LSD is possible, but rare. And the idea that it makes you say, "Hey! Wouldn't it be fun to jump off a building?" is baloney.

As for ecstasy, or molly? That stuff ends folks' lives on the regular.

What started as a phenomenon confined mainly to Houston and the South has spread out all over the country; mainstream rappers including A$ap Rocky and Drake have talked it up in song. Even Miley Cyrus had on her tour giant screens featuring animated images of overflowing cups of purple drank.

The difference here is that lean is not just killing rap fans -- it's killing rap artists themselves. Out of Houston alone, the deaths of DJ Screw, Big Moe, and Pimp C were all tied in to syrup use. A lean addiction nearly killed Lil Wayne; at the very least it contributed to him getting eight root canals, which is as bad as death.

Particularly annoying are rappers like Fat Joe, who have glamorized it in song and don't even use it themselves.

We understand that youth music is always going to trade in rebelliousness; we get the whole sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll thing, and understand that you can't stop kids from getting fucked up. And, yeah, obviously, legal stuff like alcohol and cigarettes have killed more people than lean or ecstasy ever will. 

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34 comments
Sam Danger
Sam Danger

Pretty cool they are letting my mom write articles now.

Mildred Bee
Mildred Bee

Ravers are the strip-mall culture version of hippies for sure.

Bryan Skroller
Bryan Skroller

I've never seen a raver eating pills on TV but there are multiple shows about making moonshine. LOL

MzMayla Ancero
MzMayla Ancero

Agree what happened to genuine music for real... Smh

Dustin Pettee
Dustin Pettee

I have a way to fix it all! Just listen to heavy metal!! Problem fixed!! 666

midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

Rappers and ravers should take more drugs, WAY more drugs. Burying them now will be cheaper than taking care of their long term health problems as they age. Lets face it, if you haven't grown out of being a wanna be rapper or a raver by your mid twenties you're just a burden on society.

CITYRIDERRT19
CITYRIDERRT19

Yeah and what about spice thats a really awful drug that like gets people messed up and makes them do crazy stuff.  Or like Ludes those will mess you up but are like illegal now too.

Paul Whyte
Paul Whyte

The links to video games and actual violence are rare and in all fairness, the ads objectify men as well.

Adam Stephenson
Adam Stephenson

Might be time to try out a different hobby, Ben, because journalism clearly isn't your forte. Blaming drug abuse on genres of music is ignorant, short-sighted, and lazy. Maybe if country artists stopped singing about cracking beers on dirt roads there would be less drunk driving deaths? NOT! Art is reflective of culture, not the driver. Grow up.

Elrond_Hubbard
Elrond_Hubbard

"Are ravers the new hippies?"

No, hippies had some form of social awareness and political bent. Ravers are by and large self-obsessed tards who just want the drugs and 'good vibes.' This comment is coming from someone who's been raving since the mid 90's. 

Brendan Scherer
Brendan Scherer

No need for me to. Plenty of people with kids that are already thinking of them for me.

Clint Cochran
Clint Cochran

Um. I think the writer forgot his adderol today. Is this about syrup or mdma?

Bryan Hubert
Bryan Hubert

(every song you listen) dead mans curve, sweet sixteen,Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds LSD, Jimmmy, Janice, Jim, James Dean, etc.......

Andrew Durkin
Andrew Durkin

In my day the drugs were safer! You damn kids with your Molly and cocaine!

Brad Saylor
Brad Saylor

LOL… only 20+ years late with this article and it would have been total rubbish back then too!!!

Bryan Hubert
Bryan Hubert

Double Standard???...of the baby boomers. Do as I SAY! not as I DID. ridiculous. Make more laws and regulations for the rest of us to follow.

Brendan Scherer
Brendan Scherer

Video game companies should stop glamorizing violence, City Pages should stop allowing advertisements for phone-sex that objectify women.

Adam Longfield
Adam Longfield

Nobody forces anyone do drugs or alcohol. Bad parenting and/or bad choices made by yourself. Stop blaming others for your actions.

Aus Tin Padilla
Aus Tin Padilla

MDMA is hardly deadly... and the cases where people do die usually come from mixing it with other substances or having drugs that are cut.

Nathaniel Hodne
Nathaniel Hodne

Stop telling other people how to live and live your own damn life.

Yaph
Yaph

Don't be a smarmy shithead. The number of deaths involving MDMA is probably around 100 people in the entire US. 

huehue
huehue

Don't forget the coke. 

Lex Lambent
Lex Lambent

"responsible drug use"... yeah. it's a thing. the people that die don't understand how to be responsible. drugs don't kill people, idiots kill themselves.

Stefanie Megan Brown
Stefanie Megan Brown

And stop trying to find the biggest baddest next best thing. Growing up we were all totally satisfied with our weed, booze, the occasional shrooms or acid, and a little ecstasy at shows.....but we had common sense not to fuck around with heroin and meth and shit.......these jackasses today only care about being trendy....and they're gonna trend themselves right into some gangrene

Elizabeth Clark
Elizabeth Clark

They must have a death wish. Stupidity...... So Sad......

Tim Williams
Tim Williams

And stop worshipping horrible music from untalented celebrities too.

TC4L
TC4L

Just like most things, people get out of control and abuse drugs.  The first timers don't want to look like an ameteur so they take too much and some experts feel they are beyond the normal and take too much.  These are where the deaths come from.  The user's who slowly find their amount and stick up to that amount do not make the headlines.  A lot live long healthy lives.  So the word Drugs has a stigma due to the irresponsabilities of a very small amount.  Not to be insensitive to anyone who lost someone but if ingesting a drug, doing so responsably will not result in death.  Alcohol has a stigma because of all the bad that comes from irresponsible people. 

tim.brackett
tim.brackett

But you had the drugs of your youth because someone, somewhere tried to find the "biggest baddest next best thing" before you came along.

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