This music video for the title track of Future and Juice Wrld’s album “Wrld on Drugs” could not be more clear in its message. The high school setting and slick production add to the allure for the age group too young to legally buy alcohol.
There’s a human toll behind these grim statistics: one person dies every 8 minutes in the United States from an overdose. That’s a big concern to Wendy Williams, who battled substance abuse early in her career.
“These pills and the K-2—what are people doing?” Williams said. “It’s almost like were losing a whole generation of people to drugs.”
The autopsy report just released for hip hop artist Mac Miller lists the cause of death as accidental from mixed toxicity of fentanyl, cocaine and ethanol. He started on lean, which is codeine cough syrup mixed with soda. The album cover for Juice Wrld shows lean poured over the globe, with pills everywhere.
“I feel like it’s being so glorified right now that it’s making it OK and it’s permission,” Williams said.
Up-and-coming artist Guwii Mitch, whose latest video is “King of New York,” agrees. He said there is no question that the drug lyrics in music are a powerful influence.
“Music encourages people to do everything,” he said. “Any lyric going to encourage people.”
Williams is so concerned about she created a foundation with her husband, Kevin Hunter, called the Hunter Foundation. They’re determined to save lives, especially with the K-2 problem that we see on city streets but is often hidden in the suburbs.
LISA EVERS, Host and Executive Producer, Street Soldiers
WENDY WILLIAMS, Television Superstar
GUWII MITCH/KING GUWII, Hip Hop Artist
DR. ARABIA MOLLETTE, Emergency Department Physician
CHUCK CREEKMUR, CEO/Founder, Allhiphop.com