Last week, local hip-hop group They Live! released a disturbing but powerful video for their song "Meth Heads," which I couldn't help but write about on this blog. It's a really good anti-Meth tune and it got me thinking about the first anti-drug song that actually made an impression on me and society at large.
There are plenty of them out there ("White Lines" by Grandmaster Flash, "Cocaine" by Eric Clapton, "Mr. Brown" by Bob Marley, etc.) but the one that spoke to me most was Curtis's Mayfield's soul drenching song, "Freddie's Dead." The way he sings it and plays the song is so smooth, that you can get the message, and still groove at the same time.