Since the very beginning of time, music has served as a means of therapy for people all over the world. Whether it’s in relation to celebration, grievance, or plain ol’ partying, we all listen to music to enhance an experience or help express an emotion we may be dealing with.
With the recent emergence of what some may call “mumble rap,” many artists are telling a new narrative in their lyrics – and it’s about their consumption of drugs. Poppin’ pills and sippin’ on lean has become all the rave (well, at least making music about it has). However, with the recent passing of rapper, Lil Peep, it’s hard not to question whether the use of these drugs should be as glorified as it is. While death is always unfortunate, it took a loss in the rap community for handfuls of others to realize their mental health was affecting their daily lives. Lil Uzi Vert, Smoke purpp, and Lil Pump have all decided to leave prescription drugs in 2017.
Although it may seem like a recreational fad, there is clearly pain behind the action – and a tweet or Instagram post simply isn’t the cure. Listening to songs like “Gucci Gang” by Lil Pump may be totally fun on a Friday night with friends, but are the lyrics to songs like these really a reflection of the mental issues we’re battling with on a daily basis? Are we too concerned with having fun to care?
In the era of Trump, it’s pretty safe to assume that the world is in a constant state of emergency. Whether it’s a nuclear war threat or the passing of a bill that could deport thousands of American citizens, there are so many things going on that can trigger depression and anxiety in our daily lives. While music may be known to help us cope with what’s going on in today’s society, it seems like sometimes it just isn’t enough. Here’s to those that are fighting to overcome their struggles and those seeking help for their path!