Drugs have always been a problem, especially in the music industry even from the time of Elvis.

Every era of music has a specific drug problem.

Before you wouldn’t find an artiste talking about their use of drugs openly but now drugs have become somewhat of a popular topic to discuss especially in hip hop music.

Some rappers do glamorize the use of these drugs, others try to fight against it.

Either way, it’s a topic in the major discussion.

So here is a list of drugs of your favourite rappers probably used.


  1. Xanax

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Alprazolam/Benzodiazepines commonly referred to as xanny, xanax is a prescription drug which affects the users central nervous systems and acts as a suppressant making you feel pretty relaxed and chilled.

Most people take this drug to solve social anxiety issues with rappers such as Vic Mensa, Lil Durk, Rob Bank and more talking about their addiction to the drug and how it helped them with their anxiety issues.

The relief effect and makes you feel a certain amount of pleasure which leads to addiction.

Unfortunately, some rappers have died as a result of overdosing on the drug. Rapper Lil Peep who passed away in 2017. The main cause of death was suspected to be an overdose of the drug.

2. Ecstasy

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Ecstasy is a stimulant commonly known as Molly, X, E. It’s a powdered form of MDMA used in night clubs to make the user have a euphoric feeling.

The drug acts as a hallucinogen keeping you awake for hours on end. Originally it was created to control anxiety issues like Xanax, but slowly it started being used as a night club drug in the 90’s.

The drug was more commonly used in EDM music but it made it was to hip hop getting a lot of mentions from rappers like on Lil Pumps’ “Molly,” and Futures’ “Mask Off.”

3. Percocet

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Percocets more commonly known as  Percs/ Paulas/ Roxi/ Blue dynamite are a prescription drug usually given in small doses to relieve the patient from short term pain.

But the more you take the drug the higher your tolerance becomes and the more you need it.

It’s kind of like Xanax where you get this good feeling making you relax. This is largely due to the main ingredient which is oxycodone a sedative.

If your a fan of Future then you probably know this drug already considering it was in the hook for his hit song “Mask Off.” It’s also gotten the reference from other rappers such as Lil Wayne.

4. Lean

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This is probably the most infamous one out of the list and maybe the most deadly. Lean, sizzurp, purple drank, mud, high tech, bar, Texas tea or drip is a mixture of promethazene, codeine two drugs commonly found in prescribed cough syrup with soda or candy.

It’s only started to get global recognition in recent years but has been since the 90’s with its origins coming from Houston, Texas.

It’s had hundreds of references by plenty of rappers from the Migos, 21 Savage, Gucci Mane and more. The addiction to the drug is fatal claiming the lives of DJ screw, Mac Miller and Asap Yams and Pimp C.

5. LSD

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Lysergic acid diethylamide, also known as acid, butter is a psychedelic drug that alters your mind making you hallucinate.

You know those videos that have some crazy visuals and have lots of colour. Now imagine that video times 100 and in your face. That’s exactly what you see when pop LSD.

Some artist has praised the drug for giving them inspiration and “opening their mind,” Some even go as far as naming themselves, their albums and their songs after the drug.

Commonly popular among the hippies in the 60’s the drug did find its way into hip hop culture with a rapper like Asap Rocky being bold enough to name his one of is songs on his second album “LSD.”

Although most of these rappers do talk about the use of theses drug most of them use it as a coping mechanism for a much deeper problem like mental health and depression. They may talk about it but most do not encourage its use.

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