"Number Of Rap Songs Mentioning Drugs" Chart Released By Project Know

Project Know releases a chart of the "Number of Rap Songs Mentioning Drugs" and includes Eminem, Lil Wayne, Joe Budden, Lupe Fiasco and Lil B in its findings.

Project Know, an organization that promotes "the understanding of addiction," has created several charts regarding the "Number of Rap Songs Mentioning Drugs."

"Hip Hop isn’t the first musical genre tied inextricably to drugs – just think back to the trippy tunes of the 1960s and 1970s," Project Know says of this chart. "But Rap’s celebration of all things intoxicating outpaces that of even its wildest pop-culture predecessors, by a long shot.

"Drug mentions in Rap lyrics have been enormous is quantity and explicit in quality since the genre’s earliest days," the organization continues. "From sale to use and even overdose, Rap verses reflect the history of drug culture. But how has the relationship between drugs and Hip Hop changed over the years? Are today’s emcees still rhyming about the same substances as popularized in the 1980s? Which drugs have faded like fads, and which continue to bounce with the bass of every generation?" 

Several rappers were named in the organization's findings. In its charts, Project Know lists names of rappers who have mentioned particular drugs in songs, though how the rappers discuss these drugs is not referenced in the data. In the "Weed" category, Three 6 Mafia appears at #1 with Anilyst, The Roots, Afroman and Fashawn following in order. In the "Cocaine" category, Lil B is #1, Atmosphere is #2, G-Unit #3, Death Grips #4 and Ice-T #5.

Meanwhile, Eminem tops the "Pharmaceutical Drugs" category. Ricky Hil, Lil Wayne, Joe Budden and Lil Wyte all follow Em in order. The "Codeine" category features the following rappers, in order from #1 to #5: Lil B, Money Boy, Starlito, A$AP Rocky and Papoose. The "MDMA" category features the following emcees in order from #1 to #5: Lil B, Fat Trel, Lil Wayne, Rich Homie Quan and Lupe Fiasco. 

The chart does not mention how the rappers reference these drugs. In some cases, rappers have denounced drugs. For example, Atmosphere, which is listed at #2 in the "Cocaine" category, has used the word in the following lyrics off "The Major Leagues" from To All My Friends

"So I guess I was a lame / 'cause I wasn't with the game / Motherfuck cocaine."

Project Know explains its methodology with the following statement: 

"This project gets its data from RapGenius, which gives the prevalence of phrases in rap music over time. Prevalence in this context is the total number of rap songs containing a given phrase in a year divided by the total number of rap songs in that year. We have opted to leave out certain substances and slang phrases to prevent our results from being skewed by slang phrases that are often used in other contexts. As an example, heroin is commonly referred to as 'boy,' but the word 'boy' is also used in a variety of contexts that have nothing to do with heroin." 

Some of the Project Know charts are below:

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  • Anonymous

    This chart is rigged there's no redman methodman bonethugs or snoop

  • adil khan

    u need to research more coz WEED is not a drug

    • Anonymous

      Bro you sound so ignorant. Do you not know what a drug is? Just because you smoke weed doesn't mean it's not a drug. I smoke the shit and I know it's a drug. However you seem to be clinging to like 2 brain cells so you should clean up ASAP! : a substance that is used as a medicine (weed is MOST DEFINITELY used medicinally more than ever) : an illegal and often harmful substance (such as heroin, cocaine, LSD, or marijuana) that people take for pleasure So, yes, by definition weed is a drug. One you should avoid obviously ya retard

  • cool dude

    where is wizz khalifa??

  • Anonymous

    Techn9ne should fo sho be on this list

  • mike

    i get that lil b has A MILLION songs but how is pushat/clipse not in the top 5 for cocaine. ik he only has 5 lp's and 5 mixtapes but EVERY SINGLE SONG refrences coke hahahaha

  • Anonymous

    No way the codeine chart doesn't have anyone from Texas. This joint way off.

  • ice

    dumb. wonder where they get this skewed ass information from. so you mean to tell me that Wiz Khalifa and Currensy didn't make the marijuana list? and since when does Lupe Fiasco rap about MDMA? he had a song featuring an artist named MDMA. these motherfuckers must've gotten confused. no Pusha T on the cocaine list? dumb shit right here

  • Anonymous

    No Schoolboy Q with the pill references?

  • Anonymous

    It's crazy how in the 90s it was not popular to pop pills. Now everyone is a fucking pillhead these days. It's a damn shame.

    • Anonymous

      Lol one rapper doesn't make something the norm. In the 90's popping pills was still happening. Shit it's been happening for years (Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe & others were pill poppers WAY back in the day). The difference is it was shunned and people didn't want to brag about it. Personally I think it was Wayne that shifted the culture. He got super rich and famous talking about codeine and other pills and all it takes is that one person breaking the barrier. Now it's the "cool" thing and it's a shame cause a lot of these new rappers are inspired by these dudes and want to be like them so they pop pills.

    • Anonymous

      in the 90s it wasnt cool to lie about being a law enforcement figure but now it seems to be the norm

  • Anonymous

    Piff is a marijuana reference not coocaine...

  • Anonymous

    Where's Titty Man Ross? I thought he moved them kilos straight out of the port of Miami?

  • JRich

    Lmao Lil B is a menace to society. I'm sure he's only on here because he has like 500 mixtapes with 20+ tracks on each one.

  • hip hop head

    After taking one glance at these statistics, I think we all can agree that it is very accurate.

  • hip hop head

    Oh yeah, and piff is definitely not cocaine

  • Anonymous

    who the fuck is 'Money Boy'? he looks like a geek.

    • NoName

      Some really whack Austrian rapper. If you say Lil Wayne is a bad rapper, than you change your mind if you hear Money Boy. He sucks.

  • Coke Rap

    You meaning to tell me Pusha T Mr Coke Rap himself aint make the List? You know this a garbage list lol

    • Anonymous

      yeah and where the hell is Ricky Rozay? Do they not count cocaine mentions from former law enforcement officials?

  • Russo

    Powder, white girl, blow. No rocks? Those charts are kinda useless so they could at least be correct.

  • D12WORLD

    How is wiz not #1 for weed? Wtf?

    • highnmighty

      Because Three 6 has been out since 1991 (and talking about way more than weed) and Wiz has been out since 2003.

  • Anonymous

    Glad G-Unit are 3 everyone knows 50 was a boss selling coke from the age of 12 SMH @ Lil B

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