From The BVX – Remember the 1980s saying “crack is wack”? Well, this year’s catchphrase seems to be “coke is dope” thanks to hip-hop’s new generation of MCs like Kid Cudi and Soulja Boy, who’ve (allegedly) got an affinity for the white horse. In the last few years, the fascination with the powdered substance has reached new heights. Kid Cudi’s recent arrest for possession — and his mind blowing “I was just doing some blow” justification during a Brooklyn performance — and Kat Stacks exposing Soulja Boy’s alleged affinity for blow have reintroduced the awkward union of hip-hop and cocaine to the public eye.
But when did riding the white horse become cool again?
After Grandmaster Melle Mel admitted to getting skied up on the 1983 classic “White Lines” (the “Don’t Do It” part was added after it was used for commercials) hip-hop took a step back and vowed to “Never get high off your own supply” © Biggie. What was the cool designer drug of the 80s took a mild hiatus in the 90s only to come back stronger than ever in the new millennium. Rather than just referencing the sale of cocaine in lyrics, “Dope Boy” rap transformed into “Dope Head” rap with everyone from Three 6 Mafia to Kanye West rhyming about using all that powder.