Besides Satan worship and being considered a bad influence on the young, music has always been correlated with drugs. In fact, hundreds of organizations and artists actively protest the use of it in their songs and albums. However, no matter what people say, drugs have played a huge influence in music and the trend isn’t limited to one genre. Almost every huge artist that has played a role in shaping music, has done one form of drug. Here are some contemporary artists that have admitted, or have been caught, using drugs for their music.
Ben Haggerty has been known for many of his high energy and catchy Hip Hop songs. Thrift shop and Can’t hold Us have blown charts away and are considered some of the best Hip Hop tracks in contemporary music. What you may not know is that before his independent label with Ryan Lewis blew up, he struggled with various types of addiction. If you think that he’s relatively clean, take a listen to two specific songs; Otherside and Neon Cathedral. In both, the young star admits and often croons about his previous poisons. Starting Over is another one of his songs that talk about drug abuse, but this time it takes a sadder approach by regarding the times he’s relapsed. As of today, however, Macklemore now advocates against the use of drugs in music.
Country singers have always had a notorious streak with alcohol, but in recent years, a lot of focus fell on Keith Urban. If you don’t know the guy, well, a lot of his earlier work is considered some of the best country albums you’ll ever hear. However, from 1991 to 1995, he struggled with both alcohol and cocaine use. In an interview, he stated that if he didn’t check himself into rehab, he would have lost everything he’s worked for. Like Macklemore above, rehab helped him start over, and now he often holds concerts to raise money and awareness on the dangers of alcohol addiction.
Lemmy’s been regarded as one of the founders of heavy metal. Motorhead has had tons of noteworthy tracks hit the charts and are considered some of the pillars of rock music. Lemmy’s still doing a ton of alcohol though, but before that, he was also heavily influenced by drugs. As the years have gone by, Lemmy stills says he has no intention of dropping his addictions.
Snoop Dogg is notorious for his addiction to marijuana; however, the years have proven him right. The legalization of the plant as a recreational drug has made it easier for the rapper to enjoy his favorite substance. His music has changed over the years, but only because the feud between the east and west coast is over. That’s a relatively good thing because there were a lot people who got hurt because of the fighting. Now he just does music because he loves it.
The point here is that musicians can be both repentant and unrepentant at the same time. Rarely, you might even get an artist like Kendrick Lamar who has never done drugs, but does understand their dangers and now actively speaks out against them.