Remove Future's Song "Mask Off" (Molly/Percocet" From Radio!
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I am an 80s/90s kid who grew up in an era when music was everything. I am a lover of music and of many genres of music with classic hip hop being my Set. Hip hop culture has always been cutting edge, trend setting, and thats part of its beauty. I am not one to believe that all songs that uses profanity or sex is bad...trust and believe I still dance to and sing quite a few songs that do!
But when I heard the rap artist Future's song "Mask Off" Molly/Percocet played on the radio it literally stopped me in my tracks, I honestly could not believe what I was hearing. I couldnt believe it so much so, that when I finally got out of the slow moving traffic of Los Angeles, the city I live, I went straight to google to look up the song.
I read the lyrics, listen to the song, watched the video, read the lyrics again...Looking for a double entendre of some sort to justify what I was hearing...it just wasnt there! This song was at it purest, simply glorifying the usage of the drugs Molly/Percocets; and Chanting it at that. I honestly could not believe this was blaring over the radio waves. That our radio stations have gotten this comfortable that they could be so irresponsible to play such a song over and over with only profanity word edits.
Why would such a song affect me and inspire me to act so passionately as to start a petition of removal? Firstly as a professional person who has been in the Social Service field for 20 plus years, as a front line worker mainly in government, working with people in crisis...I felt it my duty to speak up. I have seen the horrors of what these drugs can do to people, and there is no glorification in it at all! I have seen these drugs rob entire communities of one young person after another, who parents never thought they would bury their children. As a worker on the frontline of crisis in hotline investigations of child abuse, I have seen children...babies left in hotel rooms with their dead parents who just overdosed on these drugs...yet Future gets to rap about it in a cool inconsequential manner. As an institutional parole officer, I cannot tell you the number of young men who sat before me and shared how these very drugs took them from being the star football player in high school to the dark streets at night looking for their next high, into homelessness, to stealing from their families and eventually landing them into the penal system...yet Future gets to make these drugs into a mantra on the radio.
85% of my professional career has been centered around drugs ripping folks lives apart. But personally, it has affected me on a deeper level of understanding that I wished I didnt have. I have witnessed not one, not two but three very close family members journey to hell and back in their drug addictions; taking all their hopes, dreams, children and everything else around them, with them...So, NO Future, you do not get to glorify these drugs as if they do not have any consequences...You do not get to tell our young people its something cool to do! And the radio stations will be held accountable to the public!
Almost every US citizen...child, mother, father, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, cousins have been negatively impacted by drugs. I want everyone reading this petition to think about the love ones they have lost...set the catchy tunes to the side and really listen to what they are saying...and imagine your loved one, in that dark room, alone, hopeless using that drug that took them away from you. No, Future you do not get to say this is okay to do!
And Future is not the only artist doing this, but he will be the example!
Music has gone too far, to glorify in the very thing that is taking our loved ones away from us. How and why is this ever okay?! Its time we wake up and take some responsibility; hold these music production companies accountable, hold these artists that we pay accountable and to a certain standard, and hold these radio stations accountable to play music that doesnt glorify drug addictions and death of our family members.
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