LIFESTYLE: Ending the stereotype for Rap x Drugs
September 20, 2019 Franchesca Rivera
Stereotypes are never good. So why do we indulge in them? It’s time to end the stereotype between the rap music scene and drugs!
Why is that we as a society, indulge in the stereotype that the rap music scene automatically involves drugs? And no, I’m not blind to the fact that a lot of prominent figures in the rap music scene openly talk about and admit that they use drugs. But why do we, people who are able to think critically—simply accept that as a fact? I say it’s time we end that stereotype.
What with the recent arrest of OPM Rapper Marlon Peroramas, or otherwise known as, Loonie. I couldn’t help myself to address the harsh stereotype that the general public opinion seems to have against, not the rapper, but the music rap scene itself. That people were reacting like they expected this from “someone like him.” Just because he belonged in the rap music scene. But what bothered me the most out of the whole situation was what Metro Manila police chief Major General Guillermo Eleazar said—celebrities shouldn’t use their fame for illegal activities. As if Loonie’s arrest was some sort of warning to other performers in the industry. So was this all a set-up as the rapper claims? We can’t say for sure. But how the police chief general phrased his warning, reeks of stereotyping. And we’re not having it.
Creativity and drugs don’t go hand in hand
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The biggest assumption here is that rappers need to use drugs to be able to bring out their creativity. Well, I can tell you from personal experience as a creative, there is absolutely no truth in that whatsoever. Rappers are a kind of creative that use their learned or innate ability for their craft. Very similar to other creatives like Graphic Artists, Painters, Photographers, Writers, and etc. But unlike Rappers, people don’t assume that Painters use drugs to be able to bring out their “talents.” Why? Just because they rap about using drugs, should we assume that it’s true? When we see a drawing of a unicorn, do we assume that the artist has seen one? No, right? Because they’re artists who are free to sing or rap about real or imagined things. We have to give them the benefit of the doubt. Or the liberty from assumption.
But maybe you’re thinking, “why should I bother?” The answer is simple, it’s because they are human. In the same way, women don’t want to be stereotyped as people who need a “prince charming” to save them. Or that men only want one thing from women. As I said, stereotypes are never good. So let’s help end this one.