Let’s get right to it: 2017 was a big year for Lil Pump. The 17-year-old rapper went from SoundCloud favorite to scoring a crossover hit record with the inescapable “Gucci Gang.” Apparently his journey to the top is influencing his life choices, because in 2018, he’s looking to stop using Xanax. On Instagram, over the New Year’s holiday, Lil Pump posted the following caption: “2018 we going even more crazy love yall 👌🏽💓(btw I don’t take xanz no more fuck Xanax 2018)”
The video he posted doesn’t actually feature him saying anything about the drug—in fact, the video is silent and features him showing off his sparkling jewelry? I don’t know, man.
Turns out, Lil Pump isn’t alone in this anti-Xan sentiment. Smokepurpp, the rapper who got Lil Pump to start rapping, posted on Twitter: “we leaving Xanax in 2017.” Travis Scott followed it up by posting a screen cap and reposting Smokepurpp’s tweet:
The end of 2017 was marked by an increase in conversation surrounding recreational Xanax use in the hip-hop community, particularly after the death of the rapper Lil Peep. A toxicology report ruled his death an accidental overdose of fentanyl and Xanax. Lil Pump and Smokepurpp’s anti-Xanax message is a total 180 from the months leading up to Peep’s passing.
Last June, a New York Times report on the SoundCloud rap scene quoted Smokepurpp after a concert: “Who got Xanax and Percocet?” A few months later, Complex wrote that Lil Pump’s label offered the teenage rapper a Xanax-shaped birthday cake—not to be confused with the Xanax shaped cake he got for reaching a million Instagram followers. These young rappers are offering a responsible shift in drug consumption, but perhaps the adults around them could’ve promoted this sooner.