Hip-hop music has gained notoriety over the years for being an overly explicit art form plagued by obscene language and constant mentions of drug use but a new study seems to contradict this long-lived mischaracterization. According to a study conducted by addictions.com, rap actually mentions drugs the least out of other music genres with country leading the pack for the most illicit drug references.
Using the lyrics and song interpretation platform SongMeanings API, the conductors of the study were able to analyze the amount of drug references by the drug’s both scientific and slang names and grouping them by music genre. Country, jazz, and pop music were found to have the most mentions of drug use while rock and folk joined rap’s company for having the least amount.
Nonetheless, hip-hop artists dominated the list of musicians with the most mentions of drug despite rap having the lowest average of drug occurrences compared to other genres. Weed – which happened to be the favorite substance across all forms of music – was most often alluded to by Kottonmouth Kings, The Game, and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony while cocaine (including crack) saw a host of references from Too $hort, Lil Wayne, and Jay-Z among others.
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