D.L. Chandler

Molly: Is Hip-Hop’s It Drug Setting A Dangerous Trend?


Hip-Hop and drug use is hardly a brand new trend, considering Dr. Dre’s solo debut LP The Chronic, which celebrated weed use, is approaching its 20th year anniversary this coming winter. Yet it seems that beyond the green leaf, coke, PCP and even acid use has been mentioned more than casually over time by a variety of artists. In the last few years, however, ecstasy –and an offshoot street drug “molly” – has become all the rage. Is this experimentation dangerous for Hip-Hop?

From older acts such as Bone Thug-N-Harmony and Ja Rule all the way to newer favorites such as Danny Brown, 2 Chainz and Kanye West, ecstasy and molly has seemingly infused itself in Hip-Hop culture over the last decade. While ecstasy is the chemical compound MDMA sold in pill form, molly is often known as MDMA in its purest state. A new version of molly, however, is basically a synthetic made to mimic the effects of dropping an “e tab,” and some scientists contend the effects are similar according to a recent report from The Grio.

Using data compiled by EctasyData, which tests pills as part of harm reduction strategies, a lot of what’s being thought of as MDMA-derived molly was actually formulated using methylone – the active ingredient found in the “bath salts” drug that caused a media stir earlier this summer. In the major hubs of Washington, D.C., Miami, and Philadelphia, the pill has been passed off as ecstasy in its purest form, yet that appears not to be the case with some capsules simply containing nothing more than caffeine. What’s more shocking is that many urban convenience stores have carried the synthetics, along with mock marijuana and other drugs made to imitate the real thing.

Ecstasy’s prominence in the news came about in the late 90s when “rave parties” were largely popular. A common ritual at those gatherings was the use of MDMA, which is said to enhance the mood and increase euphoria in its users. Hip-Hop acts such as T.I., Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane and others have either used the drug as part of a verse or, like Eminem, bragged boldly about using the pills as reported by a 2010 in-depth piece from the Los Angeles Times. Then there was the Bay Area’s “hyphy” movement spearheaded by veterans such as E-40 and up-and-coming artists such as Beeda Weeda and others who championed ecstasy use.

The aforementioned 2 Chainz and Kanye West have dropped rap lines about molly and a countless number of rappers above and underground have referred to “rolling” (being high) on ecstasy for years. With Snoop Dogg ghost writer and rapper Problem naming whole projects based on his use of molly and young ATL rapper Reese naming a song after the street drug, namedropping molly and other drugs in Hip-Hop isn’t going anywhere soon.

Is molly and ecstasy harmful to Hip-Hop? Sound off in the comments section, our Facebook page or hit us up on Twitter to chime in.


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  • This is how they get the kids hooked on drugs, thru music & the videos!

  • twokgrind09

    was in vegas for new years. scored some g’z & he asked if we wanted mollies …i didn’t know what it was so i passd. now it’z everywhere..don’t take long

  • smh… it’s crazy how this how chain of effects happen. a bunch of rappers rapping about a new drug to futher set our black generation back some more. ppl don’t really realize how much influence music have on ppl. now everybody running round popping molly’s. being a rapper is the biggerst illusion out here!

  • Bethany Noel Monke

    I think that all you people talking smack on rap people are just super lime green jelly and you cant even addmit it to yourself. funny how you say its because of rap songs that kids are hooked on drugs!!!!!! AHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA that is soo funny. its because people wanna be like other people. you cant blam the rapers for geting kids on drugs all they do is sing about em they dont go out and tell the kids to go drop son acid. maybe if you dont want kids to do drugs you need to envlove then in your life for crying about loud. Its not the rapers falt that kids dont know what they are doing and they wanna fit in. eveyone does drugs they talk about em and they sing about em i have raps about drugs and im not even a raper. hell iv never even done molly or acid pcp or lsd and i sing about em. you people just need to grow up and relize that the reason your kids do drugs could bebecause you could be a bad parent

    • JP Santana

      you’re such a loser wanna be rapper… wtf is a lime green jelly? did that just sound cool to your little white wanna-be-ebonic-speaking-ass? LOL literally LMFAO, thank you for the bright pink purple swag lolz

  • jim

    molly’s been around since the 90’s its just new to people who only listen to hip hop