Xanax. Percocet. Adderall. Promethazine and Codeine. These days, prescription drugs seem to be a part of the rapper starter kit. While, for the most part, drug use in hip-hop has never been taboo (meaning you can't totally blame this on the kiddos), the promotion and use of drugs of the highly addictive nature is at an all-time high.
Recently there has been a noticeable shift in the mindset of some MCs when it comes to self-medicating on opiates. Whether triggered by the drug overdose death of Lil Peep, the 2018 passing of Fredo Santana—which appears to be at least tangentially related to his past drug use—or just wanting to change their health practices, a number of rappers have decided to retire from the hard stuff.
At one point, Fredo himself contemplated getting some professional help to assist in weening himself off of his vices. He even considered going to rehab to be an example for the younger generation.
"Hopefully I can be the face to sho niggas to slow down an we got our whole life ahead of us fuck being rock stars gettin high I got ptsd," he wrote on Twitter, a few days after being diagnosed with liver and kidney failure in October 2017. "I was running from my old life tryna get high didn't want to face them demons...I'm getting help I might just go to rehab." Before his untimely passing, he stated he hadn’t taken a sip in two months.
Given more reasons to quit, including the overdose death of Mac Miller in September 2018, rappers are deciding enough is enough. XXL gathered a list of rhymers who recently walked away from their most detrimental vice. Just say no, kids.
Lil Pump was definitely a fan of Xans. But for 2018 he decided to give them up.
Seemingly triggered by the death of Lil Peep, Lil Uzi Vert announced he was going sober on social media in November 2017.
Smokepurpp also decided to nix Xans from his diet on New Year’s Day 2018, along with his buddy, Lil Pump.
Cali rapper Mozzy gave up sipping drank in January 2018, showing how serious he was by pouring a bottle of lean out onto the ground.
Citing life-threatening product being put on the market, RiFF RaFF quit sniffing the nose candy as a result at the start of 2018.
Drug: Prescription pills
Isaiah Rashad’s penchant for popping pills nearly got him bounced from the Top Dawg Ent. label. He was able to get the monkey off his back.
Drug: Xanax, lean
Maxo Kream claims he put down Xanax and no longer sips barre after the latter left him incapacitated.
Drug: Lean, prescription pills
Gucci Mane had to quit all of his vices cold turkey when he went to prison in 2013. Now that he is free, Guwop maintains his sobriety.
G Herbo claims he spent nearly $100,000 on lean before cutting it loose in late 2016. He told XXL, before he quit, the drug had him acting way out of character.
Famous Dex nearly died from sipping drank before he vowed to never touch the stuff again in 2017.
Drug: Lean, Prescription pills
Fat Trel was forced to clean up his act when he went to prison in 2016. In 2017, he spoke with XXL about maintaining his sobriety after his release.
Chance The Rapper
Chance The Rapper has admitted to being addicted to Xanax at points following the release of his breakout project, Acid Rap. He shook his obsession while putting together Coloring Book.
After battling addiction for decades, in August 2017, DMX entered rehab at the suggestion of a judge and sobered up.
After going two months and seven days without smoking weed, Joey Bada$$ explains he stopped in order to focus on his career. According to his Instagram story, he feels 1000 times more functional now that he's stopped.
After revealing he would drink lean 5-6 times a day during his interview on The Breakfast Club, Lil Baby admitted it started affecting his speech, which forced him to ween off it completely. On May 8, 2018, he tweeted he hadn't taken lean in almost a month.
The Migos' Offset was a heavy double cup sipper. In February 2019, he revealed during an interview on Hot 97's Ebro in the Morning that he had put quit pouring up.
"I'm getting off this drank, this lean. It was never a cool thing for me," he announced. "I never was putting pictures of me pouring it up and doing that. It became something I was doing, it became a hobby. It became something that I just gotta do. And then I started to notice like, 'I'm not gon' get to my full potential with this!' Then people start noticing that you love—like your mama tell you like, 'Son, you need to stop drinking that stuff.' I take that hard like, damn!"