Following Juice WRLD’s tragic death, the hip-hop community is speaking out on its toxic relationship with drugs—specifically, opiates.
Artists like Trippie Redd and Lil Mosey, speak on sobriety.
The autopsy performed on Monday (Dec. 9) resulted in inconclusive cause of death. However, authorities allege that the Chicago rapper took several Percocet pills prior to his seizure that ultimately caused his death.
TMZ reported that Juice had admitted in the past to abusing several substances including codeine, and prescription pills like Percocet.
Fellow rapper and good friend of Juice, Trippie Redd, took to Instagram live to address the opiate crisis within the rap community.
“We ain’t doing it no more, period,” he says directly into the camera. “If it ain’t weed, we ain’t doing it more.” Appropriately, he takes a beat to take a pull from a blunt before continuing, “When I say ‘we,’ I mean us as a whole, us as a group — the whole emo music artists. No drugs.” Trippie’s statement eerily mirrors Juice’s own imperative to get clean earlier this year when he promised “Ima leave that sh*t alone 4 good watch me,” TR said.
With the current opiate crisis in America, it’s laudable of TR to clear the air and send a message to the young followers of the hip-hop community.
“We look up to all these bigger artists, all these grown-ass men and all they do is talk about poppin’ pills and sippin’ codeine and all that sh*t… It’s music. Nias know what they get they self into but at the same time, it’s like, we gotta be the strongest people to be like, okay, nias is just using this for rhymes at this point,” he continued.
“Let it just be that, you feel me? I’ll be the first to say, I ain’t sippin’ no lean, I ain’t poppin’ no pills. But Imma still talk about it in music, maybe.”
Earlier this year, Juice admitted to trying codeine, aka cough syrup mixed with Sprite or ‘lean’, for the first time in sixth grade, after being inspired to try it from Future.
Other artists voiced their concerned on social media. Joyner Lucas posted to Twitter Monday afternoon,
“Juice wrld was 21,” Lucas reminded his followers before pointing fingers, laying the blame squarely on rap. “He was a product of our generation of rappers who glorified drugs and made it cool. Im blaming Yal n***** for this shit. all that lean and pills n***** glorify and talk about. You teaching the kids to do it. Smh you happy now?Rip @JuiceWorlddd. Gone too soon.”
Rapper, Lil Mosey, followed the reality checks on social media and took to Twitter saying “I asked God to help me. Drugs won’t take me I promise & I’m done with them. I love y’all, pray for me.”
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