Top Ten Sober Rappers
The road to addiction treatment can be very challenging, especially with the media glamorizing drug and alcohol use. Though it may seem like drug use is conducive to creativity in the rap world, there are several rappers who prove that this is not the case.
10. Joe Budden
Joe Budden is best known for his work with hip-hop group Slaughterhouse. He has publicly stated that while many individuals can participate in the use of drugs and still function, he cannot.
9. Kid Cudi
Kid Cudi has been in the media quite a bit lately after recently entering rehab to treat depression and suicidal thoughts. He was previously very vocal about his marijuana use but decided to get addiction treatment, change his lifestyle and dedicate himself to sober living.
Lecrae was a heavy drug user prior to his conversion to Christianity. He has escaped a past of poverty and drug dealing and has chosen to rededicate himself to religion and sober living.
7. Tyler, the Creator
Despite his absurd and often offensive music, Tyler, the Creator has stated that some things aren’t for everyone, which was a reference to drug use.
6. Andre 3000
Though Andre 3000 is known for being experimental in many walks of life, partying is something he no longer has a desire to experiment with. In an interview he stated that he looked in the mirror and could “visually see himself deteriorating.”
Slim Shady is legendary in the world of hip-hop and often has been very candid about his demons. After a near fatal overdose he began to piece his life together. After a rehab visit and multiple overdoses, he now lives a stable life of sobriety.
4. J. Cole
J. Cole is a prime example of using the glamorization of drug use to fuel the commercial side of music. He raps about drug use to relate to a specific market but says in his personal life it’s really not for him.
3. Kendrick Lamar
Despite growing up in Compton, Kendrick Lamar takes sober living very seriously. His father was an addict but warned him about the dangers of drug use. He followed his father’s advice and as a musician has worked tirelessly as a role model advocating for a sober lifestyle.
Logic is a great example of choosing a path of addiction treatment, despite being raised in an environment that harbored drug use and addiction. His parents were both drug addicts, and though he briefly experimented with drugs, he ultimately decided that lifestyle was not one he wanted to live.
Macklemore is another rapper who has worked incredibly hard to disprove the glamorization of drug use. He has been very public about his past drug use and recent relapses. He has released several songs about the negative aspects of drug abuse and has even challenged the prescription drug industry on their role in the drug addiction trend.