Vince Staples Speaks Out On The Depiction Of Drugs In Hip-Hop
In a new interview with CNN, Los Angeles MC Vince Staples speaks out against the abundant idolization of drugs in hip-hop lyrics. "Drugs have always been a part of music," he said, "and it went from the drug dealer to the drug user now. There's more music being made about the drug use than the distribution of the drugs, and that was something that to me always seemed like a last resort to a lot of people."
"This is the first time in my life where I'm seeing people become drug addicts," Staples later said.
The MC continued, sharing his own personal experience with drug use. "Me, personally, I've never drunk alcohol, smoked a bit of anything, took any drugs that my doctor didn't give me for asthma in my life," he said. "I've never fell victim to peer pressure in my life, in general, and there's enough respect for me as a person amongst my peers ... once they figure out that's something that I don't do they don't even try to push it to me."
"[Rap] is a means to just go on and do bigger and better things," Staples said near the close of the interview. "I don't see myself 45 still trying to have a hit record for the kids. I see myself using my influence, my voice that I raised throughout all this hard work and using it to help other people." Check out the full story over on CNN and watch the entire insightful video chat with Vince Staples below.
Vince Staples 2015-2016 Tour Dates:
12-18 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
12-19 San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park
02-26 San Francisco, CA – Social Hall
02-28 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
03-01 Vancouver, British Columbia – Vogue Theatre
03-02 Seattle, WA – Neptune Theater
03-04 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
03-05 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre
03-07 Omaha, NE – Slowdown
03-08 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave II
03-09 Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar
03-11 Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe
03-12 Louisville, KY – Headliners