Kendrick Lamar Talks Molly: Rapper Addresses Hip-Hop's Fascination With Drug

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As the proliferation of the street drug molly explodes across hip-hop, Kendrick Lamar is one of the few rappers who have spoken out against the phenomenon. After including an anti-molly message in his latest video, for "B—, Don't Kill My Vibe," Lamar sat down with MTV News and lambasted the members of the hip-hop community whose fascinations with the drug -- a common form of MDMA -- are widely known.

"Sometimes you have the trends that's not that cool," Kendrick explained to MTV News after his recent performance at the Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, Ala. "You may have certain artists portraying these trends and don't really have that lifestyle, and then it gives off the wrong thing. And it becomes kinda corny after a while."

Lamar didn't pinpoint any particular hip-hop names during his comments, but the list of options is plentiful. Last year, Complex compiled a history of molly in rap music, and among the popular figures included were 2 Chainz, Kanye West, Gucci Mane, Lil Wayne and Wale.

"When everybody consciously now uses this term or this phrase and putting it in lyrics, it waters the culture down," Lamar continued. "So it's really just time to move on."

50 Cent also recently addressed the matter, in an interview with HuffPost Entertainment, saying, "When I write those things, about the lifestyle, I'm going to inject things that are around that apply to me. I'm not even aware of it at the actual point, it becomes clear to me afterwards. And it's a joke to me -- 'popped a molly I'm sweating, woo!' It was something that you go, 'Oh, OK.' It was just a good line."

Watch Lamar's interview with MTV News in the video above.



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