A-Trak: License to Pill

A-Trak wrote a blog post for The Huffington Post that talks about drugs and music (two things that have gone together since the beginning of time) and the fact that there needs to be more open dialogue about it.

The whole post is a must read but here’s the last part:

What worries me is the unspoken aspect of the story; that is the real elephant in the room. Just recently, Lil Wayne almost died from multiple seizures, yet he vehemently denies that there was a relation to his codeine intake. When legendary Houston rapper Pimp C passed away, the cause of death remained hush. Closer to home, my good friend DJ AM died from a drug overdose four years ago at the height of his fame. There needs to be more open dialogue about this. It won’t stop us from enjoying the music. A handful of rappers have spoken out: Kendrick Lamar ends his “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” video with a coffin lowered into the ground and “Death To Molly” written above it, and Rhymefest calls the drug a “crack pill.” While that analogy may be oversimplified, I believe that any conversation on this matter is healthy. I even think the pill popping Trinidad James himself deserves a smart interview (you know, make him sweat a little). He probably has more insight than we think. My stance is: we can rap about it, but let’s also talk about it.

There’s two words that can describe what he’s referring to: Harm Reduction! The war on drugs in the United States has taught generations of kids to “just say no” that has proved to be ineffective over and over. If you’re going to get involved with drugs take the time to educate yourself and reduce the risks involved.



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