#Roommates, Vic Mensa is calling out the hip hop community’s glorification of drug culture as the reason for Juice WRLD’s untimely death earlier this month at the young age of 21. His death was reportedly due to a drug overdose.
Speaking exclusively with TMZ, Vic Mensa didn’t mince words when he gave his opinion on Juice WRLD’s death, which has left his fans and many within the hip hop community shocked and saddened. Vic took hip hop to task directly for continuously glorifying drug in their music, which is then consumed by young, impressionable fans.
Vic had this to say about hip hop’s troubled relationship with drug culture and taking accountability for glorifying it:
“I think that, as members of the hip-hop community, we need to take responsibility for the things that we say. We need to recognize that the s**t we talk about influences children. So when we are steady pushing a message of lean and Percocets and Xans, we are polluting the minds of the youth. We have a responsibility to give it to them in a real way. Not to say that you can’t talk about your real life and the things that are happening but I think that we need to start holding each other and ourselves accountable for our glorification of the drug culture, 100 percent. That’s just what it is. Anything else, that’s parasitic to our people to just act like this is the shit to be on lean all the time.”
He continued, adding:
“You gotta be careful about what you say. And when we see these things happening to the young brothers, like rest in peace, Juice. Too early, 21. And rap is much to blame for it.”
Getting wind of the online criticism that some fans hurled his way, Vic posted this response to the interview on social media:
“TMZ clip of me speaking about the rap game taking responsibility for drug culture in the tragic death of Juice surfaced. To clarify for those that just read headlines, I ain’t pointing fingers. I’m saying we ALL need to do better, myself included. Give em something real”
We wonder if we will hear changes in hip hop following all the criticism about glorifying drug culture.
Roommates, what are your thoughts on this?