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So you’re “in love with the coco,” huh?

I enjoy hip hop. I really do.  And a lot of my favorite songs just so happen to be (very?) inappropriate. But every once in a while a song comes on mainstream radio and is accepted by hip hop (with open arms) that disappoints me and hurts my feelings, to be honest.

“Coco” – by O.T. Genasis happens to be one of those songs.

He belts out (repeatedly) that he’s “in love with the coco,” coco being cocaine.

Now.

It’s catchy. Something about it makes you want to sing along. I get it. I’ve bobbed my head to it a couple of times. But guys, it sickens me even more. It really is a disturbing song.

I hate it. “It” being what it represents.

I hate that this is advocating for the use of cocaine, and (as mentioned before) I hate that nobody has questioned it (have they?). I’m not one of those people who calls for boycotts of songs or whatever, but I won’t lie to you. Nothing would’ve made me happier than for hip-hop to reject this song the moment it came out. Something like, “Nah, we’re not pushing this out on our people, man.”

On top of everything else we, as blacks, are dealing with, pushing/doing/advocating heavy drug use does not need to be one of them. It just CAN’T be. And this isn’t something that we can blame “the man” or anybody else for. These are our people, our artists, our stations, playing a song that is ONLY about loving to do, and pushing cocaine.

Now, let me say this. I’m not one who thinks songs *make* people do anything.  For example, this song doesn’t *make* me want to go out and do cocaine. At all. But I do think it’s irresponsible. We’ve lost, and are losing, WAY too many people to drugs and addiction. And to have a song glorifying cocaine use baffles me. All I have in my head is the person who has a cocaine problem and is validated by artists like this. I hate it.

And the thing about it, is that this isn’t the first song I’ve heard casual references to cocaine. I mean, I haven’t heard an entire song dedicated to it (I don’t think), but there have been artists who rap about it.

People. Cocaine is nothing to play with. It IS addictive. It CAN kill you.

Let me get all deep and stuff for you real quick (via WebMD):

Cocaine is responsible for more U.S. emergency room visits than any other illegal drug. Cocaine harms the brain, heart, blood vessels, and lungs — and can even cause sudden death. Here’s what happens in the body:

  • Heart. Cocaine is bad for the heart. Cocaine increases heart rate and blood pressure while constricting the arteries supplying blood to the heart. The result can be a heart attack, even in young people withoutheart disease. Cocaine can also trigger a deadly abnormal heart rhythm called arrhythmi
  • Brain. Cocaine can constrict blood vessels in the brain, causing strokes. This can happen even in young people without other risk factors for strokes. Cocaine causes seizures and can lead to bizarre or violent behavio
  • Lungs and respiratory system. Snorting cocaine damages the nose and sinuses. Regular use can cause nasal perforation. Smoking crack cocaine irritates the lungs and, in some people, causes permanent lung damage
  • Gastrointestinal tract. Cocaine constricts blood vessels supplying the gut. The resulting oxygen starvation can cause ulcers, or even perforation of the stomach or intestine
  • Kidneys. Cocaine can cause sudden, overwhelming kidney failure through a process called rhabdomyolysis. In people with high blood pressure, regular cocaine use can accelerate the long-term kidney damage caused by high blood pressur
  • Sexual function. Although cocaine has a reputation as an aphrodisiac, it actually may make you less able to finish what you start. Chronic cocaine use can impair sexual function in men and women. In men, cocaine can cause delayed or impaired ejaculation.

And…

What are the long-term effects of cocaine?

The phrase “dope fiend” was originally coined many years ago to describe the negative side effects of constant cocaine use. As tolerance to the drug increases, it becomes necessary to take greater and greater quantities to get the same high. Prolonged daily use causes sleep deprivation and loss of appetite. A person can become psychotic and begin to experience hallucinations.

As cocaine interferes with the way the brain processes chemicals, one needs more and more of the drug just to feel “normal.” People who become addicted to cocaine (as with most other drugs) lose interest in other areas of life.

Coming down from the drug causes depression so severe that a person will do almost anything to get the drug—even commit murder.

And if he or she can’t get cocaine, the depression can get so intense it can drive the addict to suicide.

{DrugFreeWorld.org}

It’s just….not good. And we shouldn’t be promoting it in any way, shape, form, or fashion.

When will it stop? When will we try to help and heal each other from addiction in hip hop other than glorify and validate it?

Okay, well. It’s about time for me to step off of my soapbox now. Just thought I’d get that out.

*sigh*

In case you were curious, are the very elementary lyrics:

I’m in love with the coco
I’m in love with the coco
I got it for the low, low
I’m in love with the coco

I’m in love with the coco
I’m in love with the coco
I got it for the low, low
I’m in love with the coco

Hit my plug, that’s my cholo (mi amigo)
‘Cause he got it for the low, low
If you snitchin’ I go loco (go crazy)
Hit you with that treinta ocho
Niggas thinkin’ that I’m solo
50 deep, they’re like, “oh, no”
Heard the feds takin’ photos
I know nothin’, fuck the popo

Bakin’ soda, I got bakin’ soda
Bakin’ soda, I got bakin’ soda
Whip it through the glass, nigga
I’m blowin’ money fast, nigga

I’m in love with the coco
I’m in love with the coco
I got it for the low, low
I’m in love with the coco

I’m in love with the coco
I’m in love with the coco
I got it for the low, low
I’m in love with the coco

36, that’s a kilo (aqui)
Need a brick, miss my free throw
I’m in love, just like Ne-Yo
Bustin’ shots, now he Neo
Free my homies, fuck the C.O (puto)
Fuck the judge, fuck my P.O (puto)
All this coke, like I’m Nino
Water whip, like I’m Nemo

Bakin’ soda, I got bakin’ soda
Bakin’ soda, I got bakin’ soda
Whip it through the glass, nigga
I’m blowin’ money fast, nigga

I’m in love with the coco
I’m in love with the coco
I got it for the low, low
I’m in love with the coco

I’m in love with the coco
I’m in love with the coco
I got it for the low, low
I’m in love with the coco

I usually try to end these things with helpful info, so if you or somebody you know is struggling with substance abuse and addiction, here are a few resources:

National Helpline SAMHSA

Drug and Alcohol Recovery Hotlines

Well Place

Updated: January 20, 2014 5:55pm

I’ve been informed that his “love” for cocaine is strictly for the sale of it, and not necessarily of the use of it (however, others interpret it as such).

He’s selling it to someone who is using it, huh? So the advocacy is still there, no?

My feelings are the same.

Also, in an interview with Rolling Stone:

So the urgency in “CoCo” comes from real stress in your life, presumably tied to your previous life dealing drugs?
O.T.:
Definitely. I made a promise that I wouldn’t have to do shit like that no more. At the end of the day, I have a son. He’s in preschool and you know, nah. I can’t do that.

When did you finally give up that part of your life, so to speak?
O.T.:
You know what? I couldn’t really tell you the date. You don’t just put an end to it.

It’s not ongoing, is it?
O.T.:
[Laughs] No. No, I’m good.

A lot of rappers glamorize cocaine dealing, regardless of whether they’ve done it or not. As someone who has lived the realities, does that bother you?
O.T.:
Basically, I did it for myself. I didn’t make the song for other people. That’s how I felt at the time. The reaction that I’m getting from it, it just clarifies that there’s a lot of shit going on, whether that’s people using it or people selling it. No, I’m not glorifying it. That’s not what I’m doing at all. I just want to be a spokesperson for the people.

*scratches head*

You AREN’T glorifying it? You’re being a “spokesperson” for “the people?” What people!? Drug dealers? Addicts? Who are you speaking for?

I can’t, guys. I just can’t.

 

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