Rappers drinking lean, also known as Sizzurp or Purple Drank, has been happening for many years now. It started with mostly males within southern urban communities in America, (Originating in Houston, Texas) and adopted by rappers.
Lean hit the mainstream’s attention when rappers like UGK started rapping about it in their songs and drinking it in their videos. And later on Lil Wayne, Future, Soulja Boy, Gucci Mane and Juicy J just to name a few.
In this post I will go over what exactly lean is and why rappers choose to drink it so much.
What Exactly Is Lean ( Sizzurp)
Lean also known as Sizzurp or Purple Drank is term for a concoction which includes a prescription-strength cough syrup.
The prescription-strength cough syrup used in purple drank contains codeine and promethazine.
The cough syrup, used in doses much higher than medically recommended, is typically mixed with ingredients such as the soft drinks Sprite or Mountain Dew and optionally a Jolly Rancher hard fruit candy thrown in for extra sweetness.
The purplish hue of purple drank comes from dyes in the cough syrup. The amount of cough syrup used can exceed up to 25 times the recommended dose. This is obviously harmful to the body.
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Three 6 Mafia, UGK (Underground Kingz), Project Pat – Sippin On Some Syrup
Why Do Rappers Drink Lean?
Rappers drink lean as a use of recreational drug. It’s basically a way to get high and even super high when combines with smoking weed. Drinking lean is also apart of some rappers lifestyle. They have been drinking it for so long that it has become the norm for them, just like it was said by Lil Wayne in an Interview in 2015.
Rappers drinking lean is also apart of the rap image of rappers needing to get high and making it seem cool to do so. They are trying to sell you an image and selling you the image of the fast life includes drugs, women, guns, money, fast cars and mansions.
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Do Rappers Still Drink Lean?
As of 2014 most rappers have given up drinking lean. It’s true that this year (2016) rapper Future came out with his infamous Mixtape entitled “Dirty Sprite 2” but for the most part rappers have given it up due to it causing their body too much complications.
For example Lil Wayne gave up drinking Purple Drank do to it effecting his health, primarily his heart and liver. My best bet is that the consumption of it by rappers will die completely down, just like the taking of a drug called Molly.
A$AP Rocky – Purple Swag