Let It Go …Nick Cannon Suggests Eminem Was the First Rapper to Glorify Pill Popping in Music

Nick Cannon appeared on VladTV to discuss the various problems that continue to plague hip-hop—specifically drug abuse.

The conversation began with a discussion of Lil Wayne’s recent run-in with the law. On Dec. 23, 2019, federal agents searched a private jet Weezy and his crew had taken to Miami. The search yielded nearly $26,000 in cash, bullets and a firearm, as well as suspected drugs including, marijuana, cocaine, and prescription-strength cough syrup. The Miami-Herald reported no immediate charges were filed; however, Wayne may face prison time if the case goes to court.

Cannon went on to say that a big reason for hip-hop’s drug problem is the fact that the substances were glorified by previous rappers.

“Since, you know, certain artists started glorifying drug culture, and doing drugs … Who is the first rapper you heard popping pills?” Cannon asked, prompting Vlad to name Eminem.

Cannon simply looked at the camera with a grin on his face, suggesting he agreed with Vlad. Which isn’t too surprising, considering his longstanding beef with Em was reignited in recent months.

“In fact, his first CD had a drawing of pills being broken in half,” Vlad added.

“I idolized Snoop. We smoke weed. All this pill-poppin’ generation … I idolize E-40. We sell drugs, we don’t take ’em,” Cannon continued. “It’s fucked up, man. And you [ask] where we place the blame. I only know to place the blame on people who control the indoctrinated institutionalization,” Cannon explained. “Someone has to bring this stuff to us. Someone has to glorify this stuff in order for us to do it. And the only reason I’m saying that is because I believe it’s our duty to shift it. It’s our duty to say, ‘No, poppin’ pills ain’t cool. Fuckin’ eatin’ healthy is cool. Fuckin’ educatin’ yourself is cool. Fuckin’ understandin’ a plant-based diet is cool …”

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