Since Kendrick Lamar’s latest video, “B*tch, Don’t Kill My Vibe,” it has surprisingly taken the world by storm. Kendrick Lamar explained on an MTV interview with host Sway that doing drugs, ‘molly’ specifically, waters down music. It has set off so many discussions regarding drug use and who is at fault for its trendiness. I agree with Kendrick Lamar wholeheartedly, but is it right to blame rappers for that? I remember growing up feeling anyone associated with cocaine was a ‘crackhead.’ Nowadays, it’s cool to be on crack or mix the substance with marijuana or something stronger. As many artists who speak of doing drugs have gotten record deals with expensive sign-on bonuses, you wonder who is influencing who? Do we mirror the industry or does the industry mirror what’s happening in the streets? How did it become so open and brave of an act to say in lyrics ‘I’m on that white or I smoke dope?’
Drug use should not ride on the backs of celebrities
The biggest concern is the message the songs have in them that is coming across incorrectly to children. The kids are the biggest supporters of any genre of music, so what an artist says typically gets taken to heart. But, what about the Amanda Bynes and Charlie Sheen fanatics out there? Not everyone wants to be a rap artist, yet they catch the most flack for advocating drug use. Do many rappers advocate drug use? Do they prey on the weak minded adults and innocent children purchasing their music? Yes, all day long they do, and it is wrong. However, there are plenty of examples to use if you want to blame entertainers for the increase of drug use.
The scene of partying and listening to music that gets the adrenaline pumping, seems to be where society begins with the blame game. At one point, there were child stars like Todd Bridges and Drew Barrymore who were cute and adorable to the world. When they started using drugs, the world still didn’t know as they were working stars who had drug habits. Now, you have shows like ‘Behind the Music’ and ‘Celeb Rehab’ that show you how bad it was and still is for some celebrities. The difference is that actors are more functional. On the other hand, music artists are falling over each other in videos or can barely rhyme on beat to their own songs. But, you know the reason they’re not on a stable foot because the song’s title is something like ‘All I Do Is Dope.’ It’s not a secret in the music world like in the acting business. However, actors eventually get busted and get right back into multi-million dollars films until their next drug bust. Is it still the rapper’s fault for flaunting his proud habit? Or is it the actor’s fault for having fans who look up to their squeaky clean image only to be let down when they’re arrested? The war on drugs is not new and artists like Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain proved that; not a rapper.