[OP-ED] Musicians Magnifying Heavy Drug Usage


Talking with friends one evening, we realized just how many of our friends were on heavy drugs. Cocaine, LSD, heroin, and now the infamous “Molly” were some of the vices that have plagued our now-unrecognizable associates. The phase came nearly out of nowhere, leading us to determine exactly why and where these trends were coming from. Another friend introduced me to Trinidad James’s song “All Gold Everything” recently, and I began to formulate where these justifications for this type of drug usage came from. “Everything” is played heavily on radio, became a social media sensation, and sold over one million copies on Itunes – mainly thanks to his advocating phrase “popped a molly, I’m sweatin’ – woo!” As with all mentions of new trends being introduced through music, the African-American hip-hop community particularly took a liking to Trinidad’s apparently comical quote. After hearing the quote all the time, I did my own research and came across this tasteless video by Maino named after the drug, which is actually Ashanti’s “Baby” chorus with the word “molly” instead (WARNING: Nudity throughout video #NSFW).

With hard drugs become more visible (and accessible) by the day, it’s safe to say that there are a lot of crackheads in the music industry. Never before has any illegal drug been pushed so close into the mainstream that it’s everywhere from Lebron James during an NBA game to t-shirts independently sold at stores like Burlington and DTLR. I came across this video a few weeks ago that shares my opinion with Trinidad’s “molly” usage, in which blogger RedHotShoes describes it as “crack for the new millenium”.

In a world where trend-following is more prevalent than trend-setting, people (especially younger kids) are particularly impressionable. “Molly”, which is a more potent form of the drug ecstasy mixed with liquid heroin, has been glamorized in hip-hop music as of late. Kanye West, Rick Ross, and Soulja Boy are some of the many other rappers who brought the drug to the mainstream, but Trinidad James takes things to another level. Not only does he dignify usage of the drug (“popped a molly”), he also jokes about the drug’s deadly aftermath (“I’m sweatin’, woo”). Actress Meagan Good recently took to Twitter to express her disdain with the verse by discussing said side effects.

meagangood-mollyWhile the tweet caused an outrage from users of the drug, it also spawned heavy fan support from intellectual music listeners who realize how wrong it really is.


In my rare case, the only celebrity I’ll trend-follow for is Katy Perry. Not all people share my sentiments and if they did, they would be trying to get high off cotton candy, whip cream, and cupcakes. But I’m sure if Riri started snorting Ajax or if Lil’ Wayne rapped about #cloroxcocktails, there would be some people (including children) intrigued enough to try it. The fact that Trinidad James, a newly signed Def Jam artist, is getting paid $2 million to make an album (aptly titled ‘Don’t Be S.A.F.E.’) is disheartening for our American youth. Instead of older days when youth looked up to being doctors, basketball players, or the President of the United States, they now look up to deadly drug users – which I collectively group under one word: crackheads. When a drug has side effects that include permanent brain damage, severe psychosis, and death, it’s something I don’t want to be around. I’ve seen many other drugs destroy my friends, but I’m not letting any chick come between my own life and death. When said drug is glamorized and I’m expected to support it through purchasing music, not only is that #crackheadthinking, it’s also #crackheadbehavior. Putting an intellectual grasp into the short- and long-term effects of any drug must be done before simply “popping” your whole life away.

For those that may still believe in such drug usage, I leave you with a quote from the film ‘Sparkle’: “we have to see you in the natural daylight to determine if you’d be a fit for our image”.

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