West Coast rapper Kendrick Lamar has come forward to explain his exact stance on popular drug “Molly” and why he cherished its death in the new “B*tch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” music video.
In Kendrick’s perspective, the Molly references had reached a point where he felt a need to let the drug die.
“Sometimes you have the trends that’s not that cool,” Kendrick explained to MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway when they sat down for a one-on-one after he came off stage at this weekend’s Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama. “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,” he continued without pointing the finger at any artist in particular. “When everybody consciously now uses this term or this phrase and putting it in lyrics, it waters the culture down,” he added of the Molly trend. “So it’s really just time to move on.” (MTV)
Kendrick’s visually appealing music video premiered online last week.
Rapper Kendrick Lamar pays his respects in his new video for ‘Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe.’ Dressed in all white, K. Dot begins the clip on a somber note before things take a celebratory turn at the end. Comedian Mike Epps makes a hilarious guest appearance in the video playing a pastor who baptizes Lamar in a pool full of liquor. All jokes aside, the video showcases beautiful scenes of the Compton emcee spitting his verses in a desolate hillside. We also see Lamar and fellow mourners get turnt up during a funeral procession with plenty of champagne bottles being popped. At the end, we realize who the funeral is for when the words “Death to Molly” flash on the screen. (The Drop FM)
Slaughterhouse’s Joe Budden recently revealed his issues with the controversial drug.
“I didn’t see a problem with the fact that maybe five days would go by without sleeping. I didn’t see a problem with the fact that maybe I was hallucinating at times. I didn’t see a problem with the fact that I just couldn’t get up and walk sometimes. It just altered your thinking process dramatically, and for a thinker like myself, that was like nothing I’d ever experienced before. … Now everyone is speaking about Molly like it’s the thing to do. I thought it was important for somebody, anybody, to stand up and say, ‘you know, I did that, it’s corny.’ I’m just hoping that at the end of the day, it won’t be me versus the entire music industry when it comes to who a 13-year-old should listen to regarding drugs.” (Fox 5)
Over the winter, rap veteran Lord Jamar gave his take on Molly’s popularity amongst hip-hop artists.
“Let’s talk about that f*cking Molly. I thought that was my word. I thought that was just another word for weed at first, like, Bob Marley. I thought they were saying ‘Bob Marley’ at first and then someone told me, ‘Nah, ‘Molly,’ that’s the XTC.’ Let me tell you, I’ve never seen it in my life, I don’t want to see it, I don’t want to be around it. I don’t mess with that, but again, it’s a calculated thing there every record you hear, ‘Molly. Molly. She’s on the Molly. Popping the Molly. Molly! Molly!’ I can’t go a day without hearing about Molly. They’re even playing it on the radio. These people have invested interest in us just f*cking with Molly. Why? Where did it come from and why is hip-hop the vehicle for promoting it? Are they talking about Molly in all other genres of music? No. So what is this Molly sh*t? I want to know. [laughs] I want to know, I want to know what it’s all about. Why are these n*ggas promoting it? Do they have a stake in that sh*t?” (SOHH)