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Emo Rap Opioid Crisis

Carl Jackson, Staff Writer

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A SoundCloud emo-rapper known as the “New Jersey Devil”, he was born Michael Jones, was arrested on October 4th, 2018 and charged with distributing heroin and fentanyl that would later resulted in the death of last December of a 29 year old women named Diana Haikova in New York,  According to a Justice Department press release.


The arrest of the “New Jersey Devil” was followed with an investigation by the New York Police Department and also the Drug Enforcement Agency. The DEA Special Agent in charge, James J. Hunt, connected the tragedy of the 29-year-old women’s tragic overdose to Jones‘ alleged musical stylings and its glorification of drug use.


Lil Peep was just 21 years old when he was found unresponsive before a show. He was pronounced dead after an apparent accidental overdose from Fentanyl and Xanax. Peep’s family claims that Lil Peep had no relationship with Michael Jones.


According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there were nearly 50,000 opioid-related deaths in 2017. Even though there is no telling what is the actually reason for the opioid crisis in the United States, it is debatable if the new wave of emo rap content is the major reason.

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