Is There a Drug Epidemic in Hip-Hop?
Another day, another episode of Hip-Hop Moments of Clarity, XXL's weekly podcast dedicated to deconstructing the hip-hop news cycle.
This week hosts address pop-punk band Yellowcard's decision to continue their $15 million lawsuit against Juice Wrld after his death, whether or not the rap world has a collective drug problem, Nipsey Hussle's former bodyguard allegedly attacking Blueface's manager Wack 100 and more.
The lineup for this week's episode includes XXL's Editor-in-Chief, Vanessa Satten, XXL's Executive Editor, John Kennedy (a.k.a. JFK), veteran journalist Shaheem Reid and hip-hop entrepreneur Rahman Dukes. This is the lineup for today's episode, but it's one that can change from week to week.
The topic of a potential hip-hop drug epidemic arises when hosts discuss Yellowcard, a group who is suing Juice Wrld, Interscope and more for allegedly using song elements from "Holly Wood Died" for Juice's breakout single, "Lucid Dreams." Juice Wrld died after suffering a seizure at the Chicago International Airport on Dec. 8, and sources have said that he swallowed several Percocet pills in order to hide them from authorities searching the private plane he was flying in.
Also discussed was the matter of the attack on Blueface earlier this week. People have alleged that, while at 2019 Rolling Loud Los Angeles, Nipsey Hussle's former bodyguard, J Roc, knocked out Wack 100. If that rumor is correct, then it's likely that the attack was brought on by Wack saying that Nipsey wasn't a musical legend in a couple of recent interviews. Wack had also justified Nipsey Hussle's alleged killer Eric Holder's purportedly killing the rapper in a leaked phone call. Wack has since said that he'd pay $100,000 to anyone who showed him a video of him getting knocked out at the event.
Additionally, the hosts also talked about 6ix9ine. The embattled rapper was sentenced to two years in prison and five years of supervised release in his federal racketeering case against him. With time-served and good behavior, he could be out from behind bars by July.
At another point of the podcast, hosts discuss the success of 2019 XXL Freshman Roddy Ricch, whose debut album, Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
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