Mike had an interesting post on the connection between rap and marijuana/other drugs and I thought the topic could use a bit more discussion or at least an analysis of a particular song or two.
"Tommy Chong" takes a very matter-of-fact stance on the use of marijuana, delving into the history of the drug and its use (all the way back to the "jungles of the Ganges river: 2000 BC."The second verse details the steps that marijuana users should follow in order to avoid legal consequences. Although semi-humorous, the verse ends with a provocative thought:
"This law’s so flawed, the foundation’s done
The more things outlawed, the more outlaws run
George Washington himself probably puffed the chronic
Now his face get exchanged for this shit, ironic."
It's interesting to think that marijuana use is against the law when there are other things out there--perfectly legal things--that arguably put prospective users at higher risk.
As far as the connection between drug use and hip hop is concerned, people may argue that hip hop artists are not meant to be role models and thus shouldn't have to censor their lyrics or subject matter of certain content. I would mostly agree there, but there is no denying that they do have an influence on the minds of listeners. I can speak for myself; personally I admire not only Macklmore's lyricism, but also his message in this and other songs. From his lyrics one would gather that he is a casual smoker who views marijuana differently from many of his contemporaries:
"I’m not against legalization, not at all.
I’m against glorification, you are not Snoop Dogg.
Moderation, that’s the key
But the door’s unlocked.
It’s up to you how you use it.
Make the call, c’mon."
I myself am not a smoker, but that fact doesn't give me any sense of entitlement; I would never look down at all on those who do. Similarly, if I did smoke, I would feel no differently about those who don't. Anyone else have any thoughts on how drug use has shaped hip hop culture and vice-versa, (or your opinions of each)?
Song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oB78dvtNKs
Mike's original post: http://barbaricpoetries.blogspot.com/2012/02/how-do-you-feel-about-pot-in-hip-hop.html