5 Drugs That Have Hip-Hop Breaking Bad
MCs have gone from rhyming about weed to lyrical odes to trippier substances like MDMA and Xanax.
Lil Wayne (Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
"Eatin' on a Adderall/Wash it down with alcohol/Writin' holy mackerel /Actual/All factual" --Danny Brown on "Adderall Admiral"
"Gnarly, radical, on the block I'm magical/See me at your college campus baggie full of Adderalls/Call me if you need a fix, call me if you need a boost" --Kreayshawn on "Gucci Gucci"
If MDMA is a party drug, then Adderall is a "study drug," often abused by students who want better focus and the ability to stay awake longer. "Adderall and Concerta are stimulants prescribed for attention deficit disorder or hyperactivity. The severity of these diseases can lead to a lot of problems in school and functioning in school, so these stimulants are prescribed and can be very therapeutic," Bunt said.
But when these drugs are misused as a study aid or for a recreational high, things can get dangerous. "The problem is, these stimulants are very frequently abused and they cause a stimulating euphoria, and they are in the same class as amphetamines. And they have properties very similar to amphetamines, making them a stimulant with a high abuse potential. That's why they're controlled."
Timmhotep Aku is a freelance journalist and cultural critic living in Brooklyn, N.Y. Follow him on Twitter.