Readers sound off on rappers and rehab
March 25th, 2013
05:09 PM ET

Readers sound off on rappers and rehab

While he is doing much better now, Lil Wayne gave fans quite the scare with his recent health crisis.

A CNN story about his hospitalization, past issues with drug use and the seeming reticence in the hip hop community when it comes to rehab stirred more than a few comments.

Reacting to how many rappers include drug references in their music, a commenter named Ratburl said, "If these people use drugs that's fine it's your life but I think writing songs about it is the wrong approach."

Reader SharpTooth weighed in, "I tend to agree but this hip-hop culture for the past 2 decades has not been good. Degrading women, violence, degrading police and authority...not good."

Zachary Zarko commented, "Rappers create a culture that idolizes drugs, violence, guns, gangs, prison, and disrespects women. To gain street cred, all a rapper needs to do is get arrested on a drug or weapons charge, or impregnate several 'baby mommas.'"

A reader using the name Stick chimed in, "I ask myself why Elvis never went to rehab for his coke addiction? Or why the Beatles never got treated for their addiction to LSD strips and other hallucinogens? Fact is, drugs are present in all genres of music. Attributing it to only rap music is foolish and ignorant. If the person wants help the[n] they'll get it. If not then let them die. It doesn't affect you or how you go on about your day."

Wayred65 took liberties with a common pop culture saying by writing, "Sex, drugs and the grave yard. A rappers life."

What do you think? Do you agree with the commenters?

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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. jjharp


    March 28, 2013 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bill Duke

    ...i see youuuuuuuuuuu.....

    March 28, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kish


    March 28, 2013 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. huh

    am i reading foxnews comments? for supposedly enlightened people who consider yourself the good guys (the lib bots, ((I hate the other side too, use your own mind fool)) you're a bunch of racist asshulz and sword swallowers

    March 27, 2013 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. QueenVelveetaJamimaLaqueetaTelmaColenderDaKeeshaaLaPorsha

    We mud ducks no be dat smaht.

    March 27, 2013 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. Sean Connery

    "Fact is, drugs are present in all genres of music. Attributing it to only rap music is foolish and ignorant."
    Yet the rappers kill each other, r@pe, steal, do more drugs, and have some of the worst rep in the world. I dont remember the last time a country band went after another country band. It is what it is

    March 26, 2013 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • yeah, but...

      they have street cred AND they represent, so there's that...

      March 26, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meh

      That'll help make the mortgage payment

      March 27, 2013 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • *


      March 27, 2013 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
    • KJM

      Mortgage?????? Hahaha "I'd rather buy 80 gold chains and go iggnant" – Kanye West
      Rappers have this "rep" but not all of them actually do half the crap they talk about. Rick Ross, for example. However, he has gotten death threats and shot at for being fake soooooooooo.... yeah... Kind of a Catch 22 there. If you want to be a famous rapper, you gotta go hard. Just Saying.

      March 27, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meh

      Mr West will not be relevant much longer once that dopey girlfriend of his dumps him

      March 28, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Funfortunately

    Rap isn't real music. So it doesn't matter anyway.

    March 26, 2013 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  8. Black

    call it as black as you like.....we will get rid of the problem with counselling.

    March 26, 2013 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  9. Sorry we had another "wire break in" if its not you do not worry

    its was blocked in time....saw it saw nothing..

    March 26, 2013 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. Straight Momma

    @Homey.... maybe they will rap about the idiots losing money and going out of business because nobody's buying their drugs. And maybe about spending time being fathers and taking responsibility for those kids, showing them good family life instead of violence.

    March 26, 2013 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. jonas

    RE: "Or why the Beatles never got treated for their addiction to LSD strips and other hallucinogens?" - Um... Because there is nothing chemically, biologically, physiologically actually ADDICTING about LSD or 'other hallucinogens.' I hate to break it to you. - What a terrible and uneducated comment to source & post.

    This reminds me why I've sworn off CNN, ever since they disappointed the entire world with their rape apologist stance on Steubenville rapists' conviction, defending them & revictimizing the 16-year-old girl who got RAPED, in the process.

    Good work, CNN, and all of you writers. I am truly impressed! Yet again! 😉

    March 26, 2013 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
    • duh

      psychologically addicting though, look at you rushing to defend it. And a 16 yr old with a couple college guys? Rape, yarbles. More like the night of her life, but she was so effed up (purposely, on her part) she got a touch of the ol' shame and nailed these guys (again!)

      March 27, 2013 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mammy

    I've got a huge poop ready to blow up the toilet.

    March 26, 2013 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  13. WinnerTheInsultComicWeimeriner

    I think its un-news worthy and their own problem.

    March 25, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |

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