You’re going to tell me that I’m crazy. You’re going to say “but Mathis, the parents are at fault!” All the while not realizing that it “takes a village to raise a child.” In this case, it takes an entire country, but you don’t give a fuck about that, do you? Hip-hop is surging with drug music right now, and everybody loves it, we all like Future’s “Mask Off” song, right? What exactly is this music doing to us, though? I’ll tell you what it’s doing, it is creating a drug-using epidemic within the black community like how they did to us back when Nixon was prez, but only, it’s not the government’s fault anymore, it’s our own people.
You’re probably going to tell me that it’s not the music at all that we make in hip-hop, but you know deep down that’s bullshit. Have you ever heard of the subconscious? The subconscious is a place in your brain where you are not aware of at all; it’s the place where things unbeknownst to you, dig deep into your brain and can cause you to be influenced.
We are letting our children (and adults) become influenced by an epidemic that has long plagued us for the past 55+ years; letting our brains become filled with Percocets, Mollies, Xanax, and weed (not that weed is actually bad, but you get what the fuck I’m saying). Mothers burying their children or getting them rushed to the hospital because the child didn’t know that “Molly” is pure MDMA and some of them mixed with other drugs. I’ve seen people that could’ve done something with their lives, end up blowing their money on drugs instead, but don’t get me wrong, there are people out there that does drugs and are successful (look at the artists of hip-hop, obviously). Young adults (16-19) are soaking this shit up too, they are using drugs just because they heard it in a song (it has become a “culture”), not because they are dealing with a hard life or have been prescribed to take them. Your subconscious can be in control of you, your subconscious can lead you to doing drugs by outside influences.
The dying age of Hip-Hop started during the 2000s. It started to become more generic, no soul, all the singers of R&B and Hip-Hop became soulless in their craft (old and new), they just know how to hit a note, but don’t know how to feel one. Granted, there are some really great artistes out here, but their music is on the back-burner, while all the soulless-druggy music is on the forefront telling you how “lit” it is to be just like them; a womanizing, drugged up, pants sagging, killing niggas and “taking their bitch” type of artist/rapper. We have a habit of taking our negative aspects, place them on this pedestal of “greatness” as if we should be proud of destroying our culture and people. One of the other problems we have nowadays is that we have no shame, like it is okay to have no shame in certain things, but to have no shame in being a drug addict is horrifying to say the least. You don’t have to agree with me on this at all, I really don’t care, because this is actually happening.
I don’t have an issue with any of the music put out, I have an issue with how we are putting this type of music on the front line of our music as a culture, praising it and making up excuses. It seems like that is becoming the foundation of “Hip-Hop” and overall black music. Don’t give me that “they are rapping about what they lived” shit, because people wanna find every type of way to defend something wrong. I have slightly pulled away from Hip-Hop music a little bit because it has become overly saturated with the things I mentioned. I know we have the ability to choose what to do and what not to do, but at the end of the day, your choices are still by influence, and these people that aren’t strong willed, the people that have hard lives, shouldn’t have to resort to being drugged up.
Thanks for giving a fuck.
Artwork by. Ayogu Kingsley