Are drugs a part of Hip Hop culture? Should they be?
Do you think that drugs are an integral part of hip hop culture? Ever since the big classic cats like 2Pac and Biggie, there is this culture of drug use within rap culture. Though Pac never did hard drugs, only weed from what I know.
Then again there are modern hip hop related artists like Akon who never touched drugs or excessive alcohol because of their religion or personal convictions.
I think it is definitely a part of hip hop. I dont agree with it though. I understand people do things like weed but the other stuff is not cutting it. All these artist experimenting with molly and other drugs is becoming crazy.
I would say yes it is part of hip-Hop because they constantly sing about it or rap about it, but when it comes to using, I belive drugs are not only used in the Hip-Hop culture, am sure even in the other music genres, the artists also use drugs as well.
It wouldn't actually be necessary but somehow it grew together because of the first few big rappers doing a lot of weed and so there's also a lot of songs about weed and other drugs. It's just came to the point where people connect weed with hip-hop, because a lot of hip-hop songs are about weed.
I don't think no one can imagine rap without drugs, but I can imagine good rap as well without drugs, I don't see why not.
I think this is something which is key. Currently, the rap and hip hop culture goes hand in hand with drugs. That is not to say that it should go hand in hand with drugs. In fact, quite a lot of artists swear off drugs and such because they don't want their fans to follow in their footsteps just because they think it's 'cool'
How are we defining hip-hop here? Integral means something that is fundamentally important and necessary for something to exist or function properly; in that case no it is not an integral part of hip hop.
When people have a reference point that only goes back as far as BIG and Pac, it is hard to grasp the essence of how and why the art form of hip hop is so massively popular worldwide.
Music is a form of expression, and some people who are expressing their view point may not have anything else to speak of that smoking or drinking. In the inner city, there is a lot of exposure to people selling and using drugs.
Since marijuana is no longer seen as an illicit substance, I would not qualify it in the frame of hard illegal drugs, and other than weed use, you don't see many artist speaking of using harder drugs--or at least it wasn't something that has typically been promoted.
The fundamental principles of hip hop were not founded on selling dope or using drugs, and the art form can exist without drug use or references, so while people express themselves however they are able, drugs are not an integral part of this 30 year old art from.
It would be odd if they weren't part of the hip hop scene. Considering that's where most people first hear about them outside of a "drugs are bad, mmmkay" concept. I guess Sublime was my gateway music but I'm sure their are way more people that get their start into weed and things from Hip Hop. As long as it doesn't go to far and straight up tell kids to do drugs now, then I don't see it being a big deal.