By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Hip Hop isn’t what it used to be considering these days most of today’s biggest artists rather rap trendy than actually rap about serious issues. This is part of the reason many people have pretty much lost hope in the culture of music that once spoke to political issues that affect African-Americans at alarming rates. Instead, today’s leading artists are rapping disrespectful lyrics regarding Civil Rights icons, and even suggesting date rape is the best way to get enjoyment out of a woman. Of course these rappers are risking plenty, like endorsement deals by not being conscious with their lyrics, but that may not be enough to bring consciousness back to Hip Hop.
One of the biggest trends as of right now in rap is the continuous references made to popular drug “Molly.” Although Kendrick Lamar recently spoke out against it and claimed he feels it’s time for artists to get over their obsession with “Molly,” the one rapper that pretty much put it on the map to other rappers musically, Trinidad James, tells XXL he only raps about it because conscious rap doesn’t sell.
“…There are some artists who make drug references just to look cool, or just trying to appeal to somebody, right? But sh*t, dude, people have been doing that forever. It’s not even about drugs, it can be about anything—cars, whips, jewelry. Artists make music, and some artists talk about sh*t that they really live, but it’s on the listener to decipher if it’s real and if they really f*ck with it or if they’re going along with it because everyone else is. That’s how this game is set up, man. You’ve got people who want to hear about the sh*t that they want, but not the sh*t that they need to hear about. People don’t want to hear positive raps as much as people want to hear negative rap.
“Well, consistently talking about violence, and drugs and b*tches, that’s not the “right thing” to talk about, from a Godly standpoint or from a moral standpoint. But that’s what people want to hear! Like, how many positive rappers are really making it these days?
“But I wasn’t telling you to do molly, I was just telling you about my experience.”
The rapper also goes on to say he can’t be blamed if kids start using Molly and even die from the drug:
“When I made that song I wasn’t thinking about the kid who was going to listen to the song. I was just speaking about my life, and if you can relate, great. But why can’t you relate to the line, “Count your blessings?” No, you want to relate to ,”‘Popped a molly, I’m sweatin’.'” That’s not my fault, you chose to listen and focus on the drug reference. That’s on you, my n*gga. I don’t feel no type of sympathy or anything, because at the end of the day I know what’s right and wrong. I’ve done wrong and I’ve done right, but these people who do stupid sh*t and blame it on rap… get the h*ll out of here. It’s your choice if you want to pull out a gun. I’ll say this though, the music does have an influence, I’m not going to say it doesn’t. But you still have a choice and a conscience that God gave you. So it’s on you.”