In the wake of drug-related tragedies in the hip-hop world — most recently Juice WRLD’s death — a number of rappers are speaking out about the culture’s problematic connection to drug culture. Now Juicy J has addressed the issue in a short, but remorseful message.
On Saturday, the rapper tweeted “If I inspired anybody to do drugs, I apologize.”
Juicy J hasn’t been shy about his drug use in his music. He was notably a member of Memphis’ Three 6 Mafia, a crew known for discussing sizzurp in their songs, as they did in their 2000 hit, “Sippin On Some Syrup.” After Three 6 Mafia disbanded and Juicy pursued a solo career, drugs still remained a central theme in his music. “Stay trippy, mane” became a slogan of his. And in Rae Sremmurd’s 2018 track “Powerglide,” Juicy touched on Lil Peep’s death, admitting he needs to cut back on Xanax: “R.I.P. Lil Peep, I gotta slow down on them Xans,” he rapped.
Juicy J’s apology follows a slew of hip-hop figures denouncing drug use. Earlier this week, Vic Mensa spoke out against the glorification of drug culture in rap.