By now, most have heard the news that former NBA star, Lamar Odom, has been hospitalized after being found unconscious from a possible drug overdose in Nevada. The basketball player is reportedly in a coma at a Las Vegas hospital, where authorities say he is “fighting for his life.” Surrounded by tons of family and friends, including his still legal wife, Khloe Kardashian, everyone is keeping him in their prayers. While the reports of Odom’s incident are certainly shocking to most, it has brought up an important conversation about addiction, and just how it effects people’s every day lives, rather than just simply when someone overdoses.
Reports have said that Lamar was struggling with a drug addiction for years now, and was one of the alleged factors that led to his marriage’s demise. While his appearances seemed more normal than to be that of a stereotypical drug abuser, that is one of the first areas of concern that many in the hip hop community have faced. For years, rappers have hid their addictions to lean, codeine, and even cocaine, while others have put it out on the fore-front, to the pleasure of fans’ within their hit music.
Read more on the addiction in hip hop conversation on the following page.