Death to Molly: Youth React to Rapper’s Anti-Drug Stance

Jun. 5, 2013 / By


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by We’Ced Youth Media

Editor’s Note: Kendrick Lamar, a young rapper from Compton, CA, recently broke into the mainstream with his critically and commercially successful debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d city. At the height of his popularity, Lamar recently dedicated a video for his newest single to condemning the popular party drug, molly, a form of MDMA. We’Ced discussed what it meant to them to have someone from a culture that is usually portrayed as a negative influence, take a such a clear anti-drug stance.

Deborah Juarez, 17

Before today, I had never heard of the rapper Kendrick Lamar and the drug Molly. Since I think most rappers talk about “Wooo! Drugs!” I tend to stay away from that because it’s promoting bad behavior and that is not right, especially in today’s society.

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Merced and its surrounding areas have always had a vibrant population of young people. Unfortunately, too often there is a disconnect between generations that can lead to misunderstandings and a lack of communication. WeCed's aim through its program and publication is to highlight and empower youth to tell their stories and that of their communities, while providing them with the guidance and skill-building necessary to foster the development of their strongest possible voice.