MDMA is popping up in Tampa Bay clubs and causing overdoses and arrests, according to the The Tampa Tribune.
Rapper’s references to the drug, colloquially known as Molly, are making the drug more popular. In 2012, several rap and hip-hop artists referenced Molly in lyrics like this one from Trinidad James: “Popped a Molly, I’m sweatin.’” Devron Kelly, a host of the “Hip-Hop Flavors” radio show, tells Tampa Tribune the song increased Molly’s popularity: “Basically, it’s just a new drug, so you’re going to have kids experimenting with whatever they hear the latest rappers talking about.”
Molly is MDMA in its purest form, closely akin to ecstasy. Law enforcement officials say the drug is crossing boundaries of age, race, and gender. It’s sometimes mixed with other drugs, which makes it even more dangerous for people have built up a tolerance to MDMA but have never taken cocaine or methamphetamine.
“In past generations people would rap about selling drugs, and now they’re rapping about doing them,” said Mike Barnes, another host of the “Hip-Hop Flavors” show. “With crack there was a high level of shame associated with using it. … It wasn’t really a chic or sexy thing.”