Who Loves Drugs More: Hip Hop or Country?
We foresee a new Grammy award with this one… Recording Academy, are you reading this? A very important research study published by Addictions.com has exposed the frequency at which drug references are made within the music industry, separating songs by genre of music. As it turns out, alongside the increasing number of references made to drugs in music has also risen the ease of obtaining drugs, a coincidental correlation? We’ll leave that one to you. This study proves particularly pertinent to the political environment of today regarding legislation on recreational usage of drugs, specifically of weed. Not only is kush the cool kid everyone is talking about on the political campus, but it also happens to be the most sung about drug in Rock, Pop, Hip-Hop, Electronic, Country and “All Other.” It seems as though pot is replacing romance as the source of inspiration to lyrical genius, or people are coming to realize that a bad high is easier to overcome than heartbreak, who knows? So Taylor Swift can keep her love songs because apparently, the rest of the industry has got their drug songs.While the data collected above does offer valuable insight at the intersection of music and drugs, the study delves deeper into who is singing, spitting, scatting and rapping about the controversial substances parents try so hard to protect their kids from (a task this study would probably deem futile). You can speak no evil, sometimes see no evil, but when it comes to not hearing it, good luck with that. Drug-talk, as it looks, is inescapable, unavoidable, omnipresent even—like that middle school friend your mom didn’t like, but would somehow always make it to your birthdays.
So you may ask now, which genre has the most to say about drugs? Or maybe you haven’t even stopped to consider it because you had no doubt that it was electronic or rap. Well darling, if you thought either, you stand corrected. Country music, now officially the shadiest genre in all the land, has been deemed drug lord of the music industry. If you’re as surprised as we are, the only “country” lyric you can belt is “pretty little souped-up four-wheel drive,” so if anything, we hope this has prompted you into considering other country artists besides Carrie Underwood into your Spotify playlists. Johnny Cash’s ‘Cocaine Blues,’ or Ashley Monroe’s ‘Weed Instead of Roses,’ perhaps?
Images courtesy of Addictions.
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