Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Stop Drinking Sizzurp Stupid!

I am always highly irritated in the different ways black folks figure out to kill themselves. I have never understood the "purple drank" or "lean" or "sizzurp" drinking in hip hop. This drug and alcohol mix has been responsible for the deaths of many including hip hop notables, DJ Screw and rapper, Pimp C.

I was a big fan of Pimp C and I am mad that he is gone over something so silly. Thirty-three is too young to die over something that was preventable. He leaves behind a family and fans that loved him.

We as black people need to stop polluting our minds and bodies with made up recreational drug and alcohol-based drinks. We have enough black casualties with the regular drugs and alcohol, we should not have to combat something of our own invention.



Tami February 5, 2008 at 4:37 PM  

God, I suddenly feel really out of it. What the heck is purple drank and sizzurp? (lol)

roslynholcomb February 5, 2008 at 4:51 PM  

Interesting, I didn't know this was big with black folks. I only read about Britney Spears consuming it, and thought the name 'purple drank' was some mess her country butt made up. Should've known she lacked the creativity.

SheCodes February 5, 2008 at 5:05 PM  

Good Lord. I've never even heard of sizzup or whatever you call it. Geez, grown people are drinking this junk too? Do we really have to start at ground zero in education like this??

Sigh. I need an asprin mixed with a Red Bull for this gigantic headache. :-)

mrshadow33 February 5, 2008 at 7:18 PM  

Tami and shecodes don't feel too bad because I didn't even hear of this drinking concoction until this post. Reading the description of it makes me queasy. On a lighter note, Prof. Tracey where did you get the picture of Grimace? Man, that brings back some memories.

Mes Deux Cents February 5, 2008 at 8:01 PM  

Hi all,

There was a song out about this in about 2000 called Sippin' syrup; I think that was the title.

I remember watching the video on MTV back then.

If I remember correctly the rapper who made the song was from Houston. I think that's where this all started.

Saran February 6, 2008 at 8:53 AM  

Originally it was the prescription cough syrup with codeine mixed with Sprite.
Now it has morphed into a variety of concoctions that even includes promethezine. (Note Lil' Wayne always carrying around that styrofoam cup.)

The U.S. drug world has changed. Folks are beginning to manufacture drugs out of all types of ingredients - which makes them even more dangerous. Because of this, if you haven't noticed, many drug stores have started putting basic on-the-shelf medications behind the counter.

roslynholcomb February 6, 2008 at 11:49 AM  

The kids are mixing all kinds of madness. For a while it was a big thing to take Ecstasy and Viagra together. Ecstasy has a nasty habit of stopping your hardbeat. Unfortunately, when the EMTs give you adrenaline to bring you back, it interacts with Viagra to kill you deader than hell.

Sounds like Heath Ledger was on some crazy cocktail. Oxycondone, Hydrocondone, Valium, Xanax and two sleeping pills. What a mess.

Anonymiss February 7, 2008 at 12:03 PM  

Street drugs ain't what's hot in the streets anymore. Walgreens' got the drug game on lock.

I don't know how people can do drugs. D.A.R.E. scared a sista straight.


Jiminy October 21, 2010 at 1:19 AM  

Promethazine and Codeine based cough mixture, mixed with Sprite and Jolly Rancher candy pieces...basically a poor man's cheap buzz that somehow became the done thing for black hip-hop culture types. It's the sort of thing you try and get high on when you're a kid...raiding granny's medicine cupboard. To think grown men indulge in this is quite laughable really. It's such a fashion based thing that they even stress it has to be served in a "white Styrofoam cup". It's like redneck chic, but it is a black thing this time. Promethazine particularly is extremely dangerous when abused...it is never the codeine that kills. They even post Youtube 'how to' videos on how to mix the perfect Sizzurp. Idiots the lot of them.

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