Rappers and Ravers: Quit Glorifying Drugs That Kill

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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: Miley Poppin' Molly: How Miley Cyrus Officially Made Singing About Drugs Uncool

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 lean? 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 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 & 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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So much fear mongering. MDMA is a brilliant drug, with excellent psychiatric potential, and it's safe enough that it's currently being used on human subjects in controlled psychiatric experiments.

"After MDMA-assisted psychotherapy, over 80 percent of sufferers from post traumatic stress disorder no longer met the diagnostic criteria for PTSD, as compared to only 25 percent in the control group."

from- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/craig-k-comstock/psychedelic-medicine-usin_b_651280.html

And unlike pot, MDMA's not coated in pesticides and responsible for the deaths of thousands in Mexico.

I will pass on your pot thank you. I would rather not spend the evening cowering in a corner having a severe panic attack that borders on psychosis. That's what your stupid pot does to me.

I took MDMA twice, many many years ago. It has had a lasting positive impact on my life. Thankfully I questioned the anti-E nonsense back then as well.


This writer obviously has never had real MDMA. Weed is great, but for chilling, not dancing all night long. Problem is, most "molly" especially in New York area is not MDMA, it's the cheap bath salt from china, methylone. And forget about any legit X. You can only find that in Europe and maybe on West Coast. So yah, buy a test kit.


Sorry but weed is the worst 'drug' I've ever tried. It just makes me slow and nervous -- precisely how I don't want to feel.

I am definitely a fan the mushrooms though and think they make a much better party drug than E.


Ben Westhoff, your disdain for MDMA is misguided and ill informed.  I suggest you try and read a thing or two about the drug and about the issue with the drug before pretending to know what you're talking about.

MDMA is a relatively safe drug (Erowid, MAPS... an academic database - whatever.  Go read.) with very few deaths attached to it.  Many of the deaths you are probably thinking of have more to do with an increase in novel psychoactive substances on the market and ALL of the market failures that occur with a black market.  

I'm not sure what stories made you decide to go on the, "These drugs are better than this one and why are you people taking the one I think is worse?!" campaign, but it's a tired old lazy journalist's go-to. 

I'll give you a clue... Paramethoxyamphetamine is one case of bad news.  And it's ending up in pills sold as 'Molly' (a nonsense colloquialism) or 'ecstasy'.  The solution isn't, "Not using molly" but to regulate the market and remove the elements which lead to health issues.

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