In a recent interview with MTV News, critically-acclaimed emcee Kendrick Lamar took today’s Hip Hop to task for its infatuation with the drug “molly.”
In case you don’t know, “Molly” is a form of MDMA, known for its purity.
According to Lamar, “molly rap” is not only celebrating something negative (i.e. drug use); its also a played out gimmick that is watering down the genre.
“Sometimes you have the trends that’s not that cool,” Kendrick explained to MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway when they sat down for a one-on-one after he came off stage at this weekend’s Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama. “You may have certain artists portraying these trends and don’t really have that lifestyle and then it gives off the wrong thing. And it becomes kinda corny after a while,” he continued without pointing the finger at any artist in particular.
As a high-school student in Compton, California, Lamar remembers switching from basketball jerseys to button-ups when Jay-Z pushed a hip-hop fashion shift with his 2003 single “Change Clothes.” Sometimes, Kendrick argues, there are trends that aren’t so cool, like the constant promotion of the popular party drug in their music.
“When everybody consciously now uses this term or this phrase and putting it in lyrics, it waters the culture down,” he added of the Molly trend. “So it’s really just time to move on.”
Thoughts on Kendrick Lamar’s sentiments?
Is it time for Hip Hop to lay off the “molly rap”?
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