A kabillion rap songs out there celebrate ganja and booger sugar - case in point: Young Jeezy at the Arena Theatre this weekend - but anti-drug rap songs are insanely rare. You have a better chance of finding a mastered copy of Detox. Luckily for you, Rocks Off went digging and found 10 great rap songs about drug refusal.
10. Biz Markie, "Things Get A Little Easier"
It gets no more anti-gangsta than Biz Markie. The Clown Prince of hip-hop is best known for comical rhymes and compelling narratives, so that makes him a perfect candidate for an anti-drug PSA. Biz has a unique way of making people laugh and think at the same time, as he does on "Things Get A Little Easier."
9. Trae Tha Truth, "Gittin' High"
Contrary to what the title may suggest, "Gittin' High" isn't actually about smoking ganja. In fact, it's the antithesis of a weed anthem. Throughout the song, Trae lists the many reasons why smoking reefer might be a bad idea for him.
8. MC Jazzy Jeff, "King Heroin"
No ambiguous statements here. Jazzy Jeff's message issues a clear warning against nose candy. (Side note: This is MC Jazzy Jeff of Funky 4 + 1, not Jazzy Jeff the legendary DJ.)
7. Danger Mouse & Jemini, "Don't Do Drugs"
Conscious rap songs tend to crumble under the burden of a sanctimonious sentiment. Jemini avoids that criticism by sarcastically urging kids to do drugs on a song titled "Don't Do Drugs," while Danger Mouse keeps the beat bubbly.
6. Run-D.M.C., "Pause"
The word "pause" has an entirely different connotation in today's hip-hop lingo. But when Run-DMC used it in 1989 they were urging brothers to put down the crack pipe.
5. OutKast, "Git Up Git Out"
"Git Up Git Out" is a missive to couch potatoes who sit around and do nothing but puff puff pass all day. This is the song Afroman would've written if he had any talent, as well as three friends who could give him a run on his own track.
4. Brand Nubian, "Slow Down"
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Sada X spends his entire verse on this song ridiculing crackheads: "On your crack card you're getting only A's and C's for come back." His entire verse on this song is rife with wisecracks we'd love to put on a t-shirt someday.
3. De La Soul, "My Brother's a Basehead"
The arresting production on "My Brother's a Basehead" creates a grand bed for Pos and co to lay their spiel on. The song itself chronicles the life of a brother who "stepped to the crack scene in '86" and lost his body, soul, and respect to the substance.
2. Grandmaster Melle Mel, "White Lines (Don't Don't Do It)"
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In their book Last Night a DJ Saved My Life, music journalists Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton claim that "White Lines" was originally an ironic celebration of cocaine with the "Don't Do It" message tacked on for commercial reasons. That would explain the song's celebratory tone. Regardless, its impact is undeniable. "White Lines" stands tall as one of the pioneering conscious-rap records and one of few to appear in an anti-heroin commercial.
1. Public Enemy, "Night of the Living Baseheads"
This one boasts an assault of samples (20, if you're counting) that it's so easy to get lost in the music. Pay close attention, though, and you'll feel the venom oozing from Chuck D's breath. He takes everyone to task, from brothers who use and abuse to the ones who sell bass to their community.