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WHY YOUNG DYE RAPPERS?

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Overdoses or violent crimes have been reported by Mac Miller, Juice WRLD and Nipsey Hussle. "It's not a fairy-tale lifestyle," admits one insider - but should the company be doing more to protect its stars?

 

It may seem insensitive, but Jacob Thureson's parents, Erik and Judy, were not too worried when they heard about his latest overdose. It had happened several times before and the 18-year-old rapper had always come out of the hospital in one piece. Thureson, who played the role of Hella Sketchy, was part of the wave of emo-influenced trap rappers who created the SoundCloud music platform. He had recently moved from the family home in Texas to Los Angeles after being signed to Atlantic Records.

 

 

On his way to work, Erik went through a list of options: More patient care? Thureson had already been in rehab twice. Ketamine therapy?

 

There would no longer be an action plan. Shortly after Erik left for work, Judy received another phone call. Things were very bad and they should come to the hospital now. Fourteen days later, on June 27, 2019, Thureson passed away.

Many young rappers have died in recent years. Mac Miller died in 2018 at the age of 26 after using counterfeit cocaine and oxycodone containing the synthetic opioid fentanyl. Lil Peep died at age 21 in 2017 - an accidental overdose of fentanyl and Xanax. Juice WRLD died late last year after a drug-induced seizure on a private jet. He is believed to have swallowed several Percocet pills in an attempt to hide them while the police were raiding the plane. New Years Day, a rare female death: Minnesota rapper Lexii Alijai, victim of another accidental overdose of fentanyl.

 

 

Besides these deaths by mishap, there are the victims of violent crimes. Although he was accused of horrific abuse by an ex-partner, XXXTentacion enjoyed enormous popularity before being killed in 2018 at the age of 20 when he was robbed outside a motorcycle dealer in Florida. Pittsburgh rapper Jimmy Wopo - billed as the heir to local ancestors Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller - was killed in a car shootout the same day. Two weeks later, the 21-year-old Canadian rapper and tour companion of Drake Smoke Dawg was killed outside a Toronto nightclub. In March 2019, Nipsey Hussle was gunned down outside his Los Angeles clothing store.

Many of these rappers indulged in their own mortality in lyrics that talked about death, drugs and depression. Death is everywhere in SoundCloud rap: the genre's unofficial logo is a drop of water. Smokepurpp posed in a coffin in the artwork for his Deadstar mixtape, and Peep - often called the Kurt Cobain of his generation because of his cherubic face, his placid manner and his dedication to his still spiraling nihilism - sang: "Everyone tells me about my short life, but I want to die", on his 2017 title The Brightside.

Looking at such words, you could reasonably conclude that these rappers wanted to die. But while some of them suffered from mental illness and addiction, their death wish was as aesthetic as pink hair and facial tattoos. So why has the nihilistic pose become a self-fulfilling prophecy, ending the lives of young people just out of adolescence? And what can we do to stop it?

One problem is how the careers of these rappers have been built at unprecedented speed. While previous generations of musicians could spend years playing before being spotted, DIY rap stars have bypassed record keepers to accumulate wealth and success - often while still in their teens - leaving to struggle to adapt to a sudden celebrity. "Peep went from the absence of a manager to the management of a very large company that deals with renowned artists, and this came with more money and more pressure," explains his friend and collaborator Adam McIlwee, who plays as Wicca Phase Springs Eternal.
In an industry ruthlessly devoted to the discovery of novelty, pastoral care may be non-existent. Record labels often make fun of these rappers. "They know that when they're done, the next rapper SoundCloud or Instagram will be behind them," said Calvin Smiley, an expert in hip-hop and social justice at Hunter College in New York. On an even more cynical note, he wonders why Juice WRLD transported his drugs himself. "I have been around hip hop artists, and the general rule is that there is a friend who has the drugs and takes the fall," said Smiley. “You wonder: where were its managers? Where did people instruct him? 

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The role of management is also under scrutiny. Peep's mother Liza Womack sues First Access Entertainment, who directed the rapper. She claims that they encouraged drug use during Lil Peep's last tour, that they would procure drugs for her and pushed the rapper beyond the limits of "what a person his age and his level of maturity could manage emotionally, mentally and physically. " (First Access Entertainment did not respond to a request for comment, but in a legal brief stated that its relationship with Peep was "purely commercial in nature and not the type of special relationship giving rise to an obligation of independent diligence". ) McIlwee claims that Peep fought with his leadership shortly before his death. "I know there was a show he didn't want to play for any reason - and [the drug use] was just showing him the world he didn't really care about."

McIlwee says labels and management should give artists time to recover. "If your artist is in difficulty, you must intervene and say that it is time to step back or reassess the release schedule, the tour," he said. “Thus, the artist can regain health and lead a long career. But that doesn't happen much, because long careers are boring. "

 

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There are signs that lessons are being learned. Galactic Records' Giuseppe Zappala manages 17-year-old SoundCloud prodigy Lil Tecca, whose title Ransom has reached # 4 in the United States and has garnered more than 650 million plays on Spotify. He learned to read Tecca's moods carefully: if the young rapper seems tired, Zappala will erase the schedules. He ensures that Tecca has at least one day off between shows and that tours do not last more than five weeks. Sometimes he brings chefs on the road to make sure he eats healthy. Sleep is another priority, although there is a limit to what Zappala can do, given that Tecca is a teenager. "There will certainly be times when Tec will want to go to the studio until 8 am," sighs Zappala. "I say," It may not make the most sense, because you have a show tomorrow at 1 pm. "It's about trying to instill routine in him. "

But young rappers can face so much pressure from outside the industry: "The environments these kids come from - it's not a fairytale lifestyle," says Taylor Maglin, who discovered Wopo and managed it until his death. "It's a war zone, you know?" Rivals are created, enemies are created. He believes Wopo was murdered by disgruntled members of a rival gang, envious of his success. (Wopo was said to have been a member of gang 11 in the Hill Hunnit district and his name was verified on a police indictment shortly after his death.)

XXXTentacion's lawyer David Bogenschutz said the rapper had "feared that someone would kidnap or kill him." It generated money and notoriety. The day XXXTentacion was shot, it is believed that he was tracked from his bank to the motorcycle dealer.

"The rap game is like no other industry," says producer Jimmy Duval, who worked with XXX. "There are a lot of weapons and bullets flying around."

Smiley says hip hop's drug relationships have changed "absolutely". Previous generations of rappers have used drugs as a tool to build wealth, talking about selling them as a way out of poverty, rather than using narcotics themselves (bar weed and alcohol). Once success came, drugs were used as a social signifier: video clips of tables groaning with Hennessy bottles and cocaine-covered mirrors. This reality has shifted to a more blatant form of glamorization.

A turning point occurred at the turn of the 2010s, when rapper Juicy J helped popularize lean, then the drug of choice in Houston's screwed-up and fucked-up music scene. An addictive and dangerous concoction of soda, candy and a prescription cough mix containing codeine, references to skinny oozing in rap: the famous Lil Wayne, Young Thug drinks it freely during interviews and Juice WRLD said he was inspired to try skinny after listening to Future. Roddy Ricch's hit song The Box, currently number 1 in the United States, has an anthemic refrain with a phrase about drinking lean to "get lazy".

Rappers have also started hitting party drugs like MDMA and cocaine, as well as prescription drugs OxyContin, Xanax and Percocet. Future famous "Molly, Perocets" in her smash Mask Off 2015. ("It's a horrible combination of drugs," says Duval of Mask Off: "The hook is that you have a fucking heart attack.") Rapper Lil Pump posed with Xanax-shaped cake to celebrate reaching 1 million Instagram followers, brainwashing, since fentanyl-containing counterfeit prescription drugs have been accused of multiplying by 10 the number of opioid-related deaths in the United States between 2013 and 2018.

A culture of excess performance has started to strangle the scene, seen through the panoptics of social media, which encourages risky behavior, says Smiley: "You have to be 24/7, because it's all about likes , shares and count how many followers you have. "Thureson posted videos of himself drinking lean on Instagram; when his parents confronted him, he claimed it was Gatorade purple." He told me it was just culture " , says his mom, Judy. Peep put pills on his tongue a few hours before his death.

Braden L Morgan, known as producer Nedarb Nagrom, was Peep's roommate for three years. He believes that Peep abused drugs to ease the pressures of touring, which he hated, and that suspensions offering him drugs made matters worse. "He was really nice and said yes to everything, so he would do whatever he was offered. And as he became more popular, more people wanted to be his friend, so they gave him more things. He calls the death of Peep a horrible accident. "He was unlucky. I have no doubt that if he had not died, he would relax. "

After so many deaths, a brutal descent. "After Peep died, a lot of people stopped partying every day," says Morgan. He has seen drug use disappear among the young rappers he produces; Lil Pump and Smokepurpp announced that they were leaving Xanax after Peep's death. "Younger kids don't do as much because they see all the bullshit that has happened in recent years." For those who are still addicted, drug testing kits are becoming common. "No one tested drugs before Peep died," says Morgan.

There are promising indications that the rap scene is starting to correct itself. "There is enough bad taste in everyone's mouth that saying" go molly "doesn't feel right now," says Duval. The backlash has been brewing for some time: J Cole's diss song in 1985 was scathing about rappers SoundCloud. "They want to see you dab, they want to see you take a pill / They want to see you lost from your face to your heels.

As the narcotic aesthetic becomes less fashionable, rappers are more and more aware of the message they send to fans. Artists like Isaiah Rashad, Lucki, Travis Scott and Danny Brown have talked about prescription drug addiction. The rapper from Sacramento Mozzy urged his supporters to leave skinny. Lucki, considered by some to be the father of rap SoundCloud, speaks in Freewave 3 of his mother researching the effect of skinny on his kidneys. Even Lil Xan, the most cavalier artist in this group, has considered changing her name.
As Miller sang in his greatest success, it's time to finally start practicing some personal care. But the burden should not fall on individuals: as labels and management take advantage of this wave, they must assume greater responsibility for the well-being of artists. "You have to prioritize their health and happiness before music or fame," says Zappala. "It is difficult to be a successful artist without knowing if the people around you have real intentions."

Its objectives for Tecca are clear. "I'm going to make Tec an artist with a career of 10 to 15 years," says Zappala. "When he turns 30, he will always be relevant."

As the narcotic aesthetic becomes less fashionable, rappers are more and more aware of the message they send to fans. Artists like Isaiah Rashad, Lucki, Travis Scott and Danny Brown have talked about prescription drug addiction. The rapper from Sacramento Mozzy urged his supporters to leave skinny. Lucki, considered by some to be the father of rap SoundCloud, speaks in Freewave 3 of his mother researching the effect of skinny on his kidneys. Even Lil Xan, the most cavalier artist in this group, has considered changing her name.

As Miller sang in his greatest success, it's time to finally start practicing some personal care. But the burden should not fall on individuals: as labels and management take advantage of this wave, they must assume greater responsibility for the well-being of artists. "You have to prioritize their health and happiness before music or fame," says Zappala. "It is difficult to be a successful artist without knowing if the people around you have real intentions."

Its objectives for Tecca are clear. "I'm going to make Tec an artist with a career of 10 to 15 years," says Zappala. "When he turns 30, he will always be relevant."


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