10 Rappers Who Say No to Drugs

Emeka Young Cruse

Monday, June 15, 2015

Molly. Codeine. Cocaine. Crack. Meth. Oxycontin. Grass. Those are just a few drugs mentioned in rap music. The sober rapper is a dinosaur. Yet, there are several of these dinosaurs out there living by the straight edge code. The stereotype of the drug-addled rapper doesn’t apply universally. Many rappers abstain from drugs and alcohol for personal and/or professional reasons.

Tyler the Creator


“And while yall rolling doobies, I’ll be in my bedroom scoring movies.”

He may rap about blood and gore, but Tyler the Creator says “no to drugs, I never spark it.” The Odd Future leader has a strict stance against drug use, despite being surrounded by it. And, judging by his boundless energy and creative mind, he’s doing just fine without it.

                50 Cent


A former drug dealer, 50 Cent is sufficiently knowledgeable about the adverse effects of drug abuse. Fif says no to drugs. He’s not much of a drinker either. “I had an experience with alcohol that made me paranoid because of it and I stayed away from it,” 50 told Piers Morgan. When I interviewed G-Unit, Tony Yayo also confirmed that 50 Cent abstains from drugs and alcohol. Yayo did reveal the biggest drinker in the crew, and it’s…yep, Tony Yayo himself.



It’s easy to assume that Lecrae leads a straight-edge lifestyle because he’s a Christian rapper. It wasn’t always like that. Lecrae was once a user. “I tried pretty much every drug there was to try,” he explained to Complex. Lecrae left that lifestyle behind and now refrains from drugs and alcohol.




Maryland rapper Logic has one well-known vice: Newports. It’s a recurring reference on his debut album. That said, the young emcee stays away from the hard stuff. Logic’s rationale has a personal slant: his father was a drug addict who sometimes scored crack from Logic’s brothers. Logic is the fairytale good kid who absorbed the cautionary tale and opted for a less destructive path.



Hopsin is another horrorcore rapper who says no to drugs. Hopsin once told killerhiphop that he prefers permanent sobriety over temporary escape. “I think it’s the best way to live life, just to be pure and to understand how to take control over emotions,” Hopsin says. “Just learn how to deal with situations and not do drugs and do all that stuff to escape reality.” He adds: “The more you escape reality, your body is getting f—ed up in some way by doing all those drugs and alcohol in the long run.





Everyone who’s familiar with Chamillionaire says the same thing about the Houston rapper: he doesn’t drink or smoke. King Koopa is also rarely seen with a bodyguard. Chamillionaire generally avoids the celebrity lifestyle and channels his energy towards music and business.

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