Substance abuse, the new fourth element of hip-hop

Branching off from Tara Henley’s post yesterday about the importance of healthy living, which is one of the virtues I’ve always tried to celebrate in my own writing, I felt today was as good a time as any to discuss what I feel should be the new fourth element of hip-hop.

As mentioned in a previous column, graffiti writing is no longer considered hip-hop, because it’s teh ghey. There’s better ways to destroy things, if you wanted to, than with a can of spray paint. But my thought as far as that’s concerned is that if you want to destroy someone’s property, destroy your own fucking property. And before any of you d-bags strike your daily indignant pose, I’d like to see you try that shit in Creve Coeur. Cracka-ass crackas out here don’t play that shit.

Not to give the wrong idea to today’s youth, but substance abuse is probably the best thing you can do with your time that doesn’t involve a woman. Nullus. Nor will it run you as much. Granted, it’s not really specific to hip-hop as a cultural activity, but then neither is graffiti writing. But unlike graffiti writing, substance abuse remains a key element of the hip-hop lifestyle to this day. When’s the last time you went to a party where motherfuckers were writing graffiti? Meanwhile, a party without drugs and/or alcohol can hardly be considered a hip-hop function.

Furthermore, substance abuse is a cultural activity that more easily lends itself to commercialization than graffiti writing. While drugs pretty much sell themselves, even the most patronizing of guilty white liberals gave up on buying framed graffiti writing a long time ago. And rappers like Jay-Z, Cam’ron, and Jermaine Dupri haven’t been known to spray paint shit, but they do have their own brands of alcohol. Imagine the economic force hip-hop would be today if more ghetto youth were to capitalize on the true fourth element of hip-hop, rather than fucking up some building in their own neighborhood.

Of course the knock against this move towards substance abuse as the true fourth element of hip-hop is that it can be seen as bad for today’s youth. Already, there have been studies released in the past week suggesting that hip-hop causes kids to drink alcohol. As if that’s really the worst thing a kid could be out there doing. I’ll still take that over graffiti writing any day of the week. When you spray paint a building, that’s destroying another man’s property. When you get high and/or drunk, it’s only destroying your own worthless ass. Nullus.

  • http://rockthedub.blogspot.com khal

    you should add the song “Get Fucked Up” by the Iconz to your blog here, just to keep the ignant vibe alive. Nothing like ignant ass jigs singing about everyone getting fucked up to really pound home your thoughts.

  • Roc The Trashman

    I’m going to assume that you’re only speaking of weed and alcohol.

  • B-LEEZ

    LAMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DUDE U NEED TO GET ANOTHER JOB CUZ UR LAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SMOKE THAT IN UR PIPIE CUZ UR LAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • kingdouche

    yea bol “SMOKE THAT IN UR PIPE”!!!!!!!!!

    Another A-level post. When is YN gona give u a column in the real XXL?

  • http://www.fotolog.com/wastoids wastoids

    your concept of property is outdated, and i cast you from out of hip hop for speaking ill of the true element, graffiti, plus.. if you weren’t teh sux0r you would have realised that rappers just need to promote huffing paint over weed and you can 2 bird with one stone your 4th element,,… your new york faux real hip hop is not the flarn, get a map to trillsville… zoff

  • B-LEEZ

    Never!!!! HAAA HIS JOB IS MAKING SURE ELLIOTS NUTS AINT ITCHING!!!!!!!!HAAA !!!!!
    BOL IS THE GAY VERSION OF RUPAUL..GOOGLE IT!!!!!!!!

  • B-LEEZ

    BY THE WAY..U STILL GOT ETHERED BY BUN-B…AS PIMP-C WOULD SAY “BYYYYYTCH!!!!!!!!”

  • Doc Flav

    Cosign B-leez, Never, Unless He On Coke, Like You Accused Him Of In A Prev Column. So To Listen To Rap You Have To Use Drugs? Illogical, Because Substance Abusers Enjoy All Types Of Music. Stop Perpetuating The Racist Media’s Finger Pointing. Stats Can Be Used To Win Any Debate, Depending On The Sample Studied. You Should Know Plenty Druggies Listen To That Ben Folds Five Hippie Rock You Pump Up.

  • the ether bunny

    god, you’re fucking illiterate, doc flav. and your shift key is a physical manifestation of your lust for guys.

  • 50 Cent

    You still havent made a 50 Cent quit yer bitchin?

    Do i have to make fun of you to make it happen?

    I’ll sick Marvin Bernard on you punk!!! He’ll give you kisses and hugs, then take you out for a day and go to Starbucks. Oh and you sad excuse for a man!

  • Gerald

    Like I heard in some interview (did Ice-T say it?), crack was primarily responsible for the invention of hip-hop.

    Graffitti is a lost art, but then again, aren’t the other “elements” becoming washed up too? I think its safe to say that 3 of the 4 elements are gone. What happened to breakdancing? How come the only people I see breakdancing anymore are Asian? How bout DJs? Most mainstream rap beats coming out nowadays sound ghey,techno, or are stolen, so I think the art of cuttin n scratchin is pretty much gone (and no, I dont count screwin and choppin, or whatever you hicks down in Texas call it, as an art form. Making music slower and more retarded sounding doesn’t take any talent.)

  • Doc Flav

    E Bunny, Keep Your Gay Fantasys To Yourself. Personal Attacks Without Merit Only Show Lack Of Intelligence Or Valid Points Of Debate. The Caps Shall Remain.

  • gateman

    This is pretty messed up. Substance abuse leades to violence and death, but of course a writer from this organization is pushing drugs and alcohol, both are substances that the White leaders have built and own, and are pushing into our faces because THEY KNOW that people living in impoverished communities will latch onto booze and drugs and eventually kill themselves.
    And about graffiti? First of all you should forget about the four elements bullshit, because who has the right to limit what the fuck hip-hop music is? Graffiti ain’t MUSIC, it is a devoution to mastering and learning the meaning to the ancient symbolism that is held within alphabets. Of course not many graffiti artists do that intentionally, most are too materialistic and abuse liquor and drugs, simply due to the fact that HIP-HOP pushes this agenda so hard. Of course hip-hop caused youth to drink and smoke weed, that is what the record companies are making the artists SAY. Life is not just about sleeping with women and doing drugs and drinking alcohol and keeping it real. What the fuck is REAL? Someone who fights people and sells drugs to mothers and kids? Fuck that shit, SCARFACE/tony montana is so cool right? WRONG, he is a piece of shit.
    But you know what man, it is good that fools like you are questioning the reason why graffiti is associated with RAP, because it is good to see the most intelligent form of art departing from the mindless bullshit that is manipulating the youth. Oh yeah and your perspective is blurry, graffiti is not about destroying property.

  • Incilin

    How you can you write this?? You can’t be serious. I admit graffiti fell off a long time ago, but at least graftti can sometimes be artistic. Drugs and alcohol ruin a community much worse than a can of paint.

  • http://djxplcit.blogspot.com http://djxplcit.blogspot.com

    i mean, i dont think that any of the “elements” are practiced that much anyways besides rappin’

    dj’ing, yaeh a little but whens the last time a “hit” record had scratching in it?

    same with breakdancing. i dont see breakdancing at hip hop shows or videos (not that i see much of either really, but whatever)

  • John White

    Wanker….

  • http://www.trendsettazinc.com DJ Main Event

    “When you spray paint a building, that’s destroying another man’s property. When you get high and/or drunk, it’s only destroying your own worthless ass. Nullus.”

    He’s right. I love graffiti but they need to put that to a canvas or buy up a building to support it. I know for a FACT that if any of yall got your residence written on you sure as hell ARE NOT going to call it art. Only thing to call would be the police.

    http://www.myspace.com/djmainevent

  • Kevin Kiser

    To write an viable and positve article that will influence change and reform you do notneed to use vulgar language in many cases it turns the reader off from your subject matter which I personally believe is a relativly important issue

  • H-man

    Yo, Its not my fault for hustlin….Its your fault 4 buyin what Im hustlin. I dont do dat shit. My body iz my temple and I love myself enough 2 B strong and say NO. Bigg dogs dont do da product. Im not a customer…or a busta…I dont do it….I move it…The streetz R what dey R, this will never change.

  • JCS

    I think everyone should try smoking Crack at leaset once……..

  • ricky d

    “Like I heard in some interview (did Ice-T say it?), crack was primarily responsible for the invention of hip-hop.”

    Yeah, Grandmaster Flash rubbed a rock of crack on vinyl to make a scratching sound and hip hop was born.

  • 5ftStar

    i think the piece is supposed to be read with a sarcastic/ironic tone. u guys need to take some recreational drugs and, chill out, and stop blogging so much. weed helps

  • UNeKONES

    SMOKIN A FUCKIN BLUNT IS NOT AN ART, WOW, PEOPLE LIKE U ARE THE REASON THEY SAY HIP HOPIS DEAD..U KILL IT WITH YOUR STUPID ASS SUGGESTIONZ LIKE “MAKIN SUBSTANCE ABUSE THA FOURTH ELEMENT” AND HOW THA FUCK U GON REPLACE GRAFFITI WRITING…ITS THA VISUAL FORM OF HIP HOP…N FOR U TUH SEE THAT GRAFFITI ISNT HIP HOP….MY GEUSS IS U AINT HIP HOP!

  • http://confectionaryyoutube.blogspot.com Chrystal Daly

    You’ve done it once again! Incredible post.