A$AP Rocky's Ethereal Visual for 'LSD' Opens Up the Rabbit Hole for a History of Drug References in Popular Music

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A$AP Rocky's newest visual 'LSD' asserts the artist atop the pop and rap realms while paying homage to a history of drug-themed music

A$AP Rocky's newest visual 'LSD' asserts the artist atop the pop and rap realms while paying homage to a history of drug-themed music

As conscious projects like Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly indicate where the industry may be heading as a whole in terms of thought-provoking, justice-driven material, A$AP Rocky, often chided for his style-over-substance approach, continues to reinvent himself in such a way that even his biggest critics can't deny his contributions to modern popular culture. A$AP continues his pop culture dominance with a stylish visual for his new record "LSD". Dropped just last night like a tab of that good-good, Rocky's 'LSD' is an ethereal trip through a night in the rapper's young life taking the viewer through the bright color-filled streets of what appears to be modern Tokyo. Taking heavy influence from the recent hallucinogenic-centric Enter the Void, "LSD" is certainly a trip. View the visual above and then check out our list of other drug-focused hits:  

Ab-Soul's "Pineal Gland" not only served as the TDE artist's entrance into the mainstream, it is also an ode to one hell of a hullucination-inducing drug DMT. Called The Business Man's Trip, DMT is the perfect psychadaelic for your lunch break: it only lasts 15 minutes. Talk about a smoke break:

Jay-Z's "I Know" off of 2007's American Gangster album features Neptunes production and a first-person perspective of heroin's affect on a woman through the perspective of the drug itself.

Purple haze doesn't necessary mean that good purple ganja. It is also slang for LSD as demonstrated by Jimi Hendrix's smash hit.

Despite Eminem's inaccurate depiction of psilocybin mushrooms as potentially lethal (it's physically impossible to overdose on them), the rapper's account of feeding a girl too many trip-inducing shrooms is classic Eminem, profanity and sexism abound:

 

In the time of Jefferson Airplane, it wasn't as easy to get away with direct drug references like A$AP's "LSD", so slang was often used. Enter - "White Rabbit":


When logic and proportion
Have fallen sloppy dead
And the white knight is talking backwards
And the Red Queen's off with her head,
Remember what the dormouse said:

"Feed your head,
Feed your head."

And lastly, we can't forget the quintessential "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" by The Beatles: