Some call it lean; others call it barre or simply drank. Whichever you prefer, promethazine with codeine cough syrup is the ever so popular recreational drug used by many people. Houston's hip-hop culture has made lean something everyone has wanted to talk about or even try for decades. If you type in cityofsyrup.com in your Web browser you will be linked to the City of Houston's official site. Not sure exactly how that happened but it's a fun fact and proof is in the pudding guys. [Ed. note: No lie.]
The city and hip-hop in general is engulfed in syrup. On the late, great singer Big Moe's debut album cover (which is also titled City of Syrup) , he is seen pouring purple syrup over the city's skyline. Houston artists are the originators and the reason some folks worldwide sing and sip in unity. The late DJ Screw, members of the Screwed Up Click, the folks on Swishahouse and other local artists have provided further soundtracks to syrup-sippin'.
Drank has also been the alleged cause of the deaths of legends like DJ Screw, Big Moe and Pimp C. it also has been the alleged cause of New Orleans rapper Lil Wayne's recent hospitaliztion. In some songs, the artists will admit to being addicted and hooked on the drug, while others are subtle cries for help with letting go of lean.