Rap Songs About Drug Addiction
A lot of rap songs about drug addiction are cookie cutter. In this music video, rap artist CG Kid attempts to create one of the most realistic songs to depict this detrimental disease.
I realized that the family of addicts aren’t represented in hip hop. There are a ton of rap songs about drug addiction with a “me, me, me” dialogue neglecting the people they negatively effect in their disease. In this song, an addict goes through their struggle in the first verse and ends up overdosing. His father finds him dead and I rap from his perspective of the struggle the family goes through. The father ends up killing himself to convey the message, “drug addiction effects everyone, not just the addict.”
My goal with this song wasn’t to demonize usage, merely depict what it’s truly like. This is based on a true story because it has happened. The grief of losing a loved one is as horrific as being stuck in addiction, if not, more so. Music has a way of impacting minds and the youth and currently we have rap songs glamorizing drug addiction. Snorting cocaine doesn’t make you cool just like getting shot doesn’t make you cool. Music doesn’t make us take actions, but it can influence thought processes that grow into something negative down the line. The emotion is hard to capture, but hopefully you were able to get a glimpse into drug addiction.
Rappers are public speakers and we need more of them bringing positivity in this world. I’m not saying we need super-inspired preachy rappers, but we need artist that aren’t afraid to get down with the gnarly reality behind the struggles our society faces individually and as a whole. If you resonate with this message, subscribe to CG Kid’s YouTube channel.
Philip Markoff (Associate of Science) is an online influencer and thought leader on addiction education; he is known as his alias “CG Kid” who’s obtained a large audience primarily on YouTube as a vlogger and journalist. His current sobriety date from polysubstance chemical dependency is June 9th, 2013.