Vic Mensa Criticizes Artists Who Normalize Drug Abuse In Their Music
Vic Mensa is weighing in on the conversation of “drug rap” and artists obsession with talking about drug abuse in their music. While the Chicag native admitted to previously mentioning drugs in some of his songs, he’s now taking a stand against it and criticizing others who are continuing to be poor influences for the younger generation.
In a new interview with Billboard, Vic discussed the dangers of normalizing the use of drugs like Xanax, Percocet, and cocaine in music. “To be honest, it’s like, on one hand I almost don’t even feel that I have a right to chastise anybody because I’ve f*cking done it. I’ve rapped about Xanax. I regret it,” he told Billboard. “I don’t rap about it anymore, but I have some lines about taking Xanax. I just think that we’re in such a dangerous place now because it’s been normalized and the drug abuse has been reduced to like a marketing tactic.”
He also pointed the finger at artists like Future who suggest it’s cool to casually pop pills every day. “You got Future talking about ‘I just rap about drugs because I know that’s what sells, that’s what people want to hear,’ while people are overdosing left and right,” he continued. “It’s really representative of the state of the nation, but it’s also horribly irresponsible because you got kids that idolize these people and will do anything they do. They’re being misled but their f**king heroes and getting addicted to Xans or Percocet’s and dying from them.”
The “16 Shots” rapper’s comments come shortly after Lil Peep was found dead on his tour bus earlier this month. The rapper reportedly died of an apparent Xanax overdose, although police officials are still investigating the matter. While artists are not solely responsible for the epidemic of drug addiction, many suggest they have a responsibility to not add to the problem.