One of the main issues I have with the so-called "hip-hop culture" is its occasional glorification and romanticization of illegal substance abuse. The tired argument of "it's just entertainment" just doesn't fly with me because, believe it or not, some people just don't know the difference between real and "entertainment".
A new Kickstarter project from filmmaker Shauna Garr, titled 1 More Hit, aims to show one formerly-prominent hip-hop community member's struggle to conquer his addiction to narcotics and resuscitate his dying music career. Personally, I'm hoping that this film will convey to its viewers that no matter how dope the beat is, in real life, drugs and hip-hop don't mix well.
Rapper/Producer J-Swift, of The Pharcyde, was and still is a talented musician, as you'll see in the clip posted below. Unfortunately, drugs destroyed everything he'd built for himself. 1 More Hit will show him at his lowest, and also as he attempts to pick himself back up again.
If you'd like to see this project become successful, make sure you support it and spread the word.