10 Rappers You Probably Didn't Know Were Straight Edge

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10 Rappers Who Say No to Drugs

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Molly. Codeine. Cocaine. Crack. Meth. Oxycontin. Grass. Name it, and your favorite rapper has probably rapped about it. Drugs and music go hand in hand. The sober rapper is a dinosaur. Yet, there are several of these dinosaurs out there living by the straight edge code. The stereotype of the drug-addled rapper doesn't apply universally. Many rappers abstain from drugs and alcohol for personal and/or professional reasons.

Here are 10 rappers who say nope to dope.

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Tyler the Creator

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"And while yall rolling doobies, I'll be in my bedroom scoring movies."

He may rap about blood and gore, but Tyler the Creator says "no to drugs, I never spark it." The Odd Future leader has a strict stance against drug use, despite being surrounded by it. And, judging by his boundless energy and creative mind, he's doing just fine without it.

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50 Cent

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A former drug dealer, 50 Cent is sufficiently knowledgeable about the adverse effects of drug abuse. Fif says no to drugs. He's not much of a drinker either. "I had an experience with alcohol that made me paranoid because of it and I stayed away from it," 50 told Piers Morgan. When I interviewed G-Unit, Tony Yayo also confirmed that 50 Cent abstains from drugs and alcohol. Yayo did reveal the biggest drinker in the crew, and it's...yep, Tony Yayo himself.

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Lecrae

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It's easy to assume that Lecrae leads a straight-edge lifestyle because he's a Christian rapper. It wasn't always like that. Lecrae was once a user. "I tried pretty much every drug there was to try," he explained to Complex. Lecrae left that lifestyle behind and now refrains from drugs and alcohol.

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Logic

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Maryland rapper Logic has one well-known vice: Newports. It's a recurring reference on his debut album. That said, the young emcee stays away from the hard stuff. Logic's rationale has a personal slant: his father was a drug addict who sometimes scored crack from Logic's brothers. Logic is the fairytale good kid who absorbed the cautionary tale and opted for a less destructive path.

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Hopsin

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Hopsin is another horrorcore rapper who says no to drugs. Hopsin once told killerhiphop that he prefers permanent sobriety over temporary escape. "I think it's the best way to live life, just to be pure and to understand how to take control over emotions," Hopsin says. "Just learn how to deal with situations and not do drugs and do all that stuff to escape reality." He adds: "The more you escape reality, your body is getting f---ed up in some way by doing all those drugs and alcohol in the long run. I think the best way is to just learn how to make yourself into that type."

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Chamillionaire

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Everyone who's familiar with Chamillionaire says the same thing about the Houston rapper: he doesn't drink or smoke. King Koopa is also rarely seen with a bodyguard. Chamillionaire generally avoids the celebrity lifestyle and channels his energy towards music and business.

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Andre 3000

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Andre 3000 may experiment with bowties and suspenders, but he doesn't toy with drugs. Word has it that Ice Cold hasn't touched a mind-altering substance for nearly two decades. Dre decided to make the change after partying too hard in his younger days. "I actually looked in the mirror and saw myself deteriorating," Andre 3000 told VIBE in 2012. "I was like, 'Man, we're doing too much. Way too much." Three Stacks is also a vegetarian.

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Common

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Common is well known as a conscious rapper who advocates for love, peace and all things pure. So it makes sense that Common lives a drug-free life. Despite being connected to the mainstream party culture, Common parties clean. The Oscar winner works out regularly and eats healthy.

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Macklemore

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Macklemore has struggled with addiction in the past. To his credit, Macklemore cleaned up his act and has been sober for years. He celebrated his sobriety anniversary on Twitter back in 2011. "Very surreal...3 years ago today I got sober," rapper tweeted. "Thank you to everyone that stuck by me throughout these years. Your support got me here. Love."

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Eminem

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Yes, Eminem. The man who built his career on rapping about drugs or the things he did while on drugs is a sober man today. Em has vacillated between addiction and sobriety for years, and you can usually tell which songs were recorded sober and which ones he recorded stoned out of his mind. Em once told VIBE that he had to relearn how to record music sober. He's managed to issue a string of albums while sober, including Relapse, Recovery and Marshall Mathers LP 2. During a recent performance of "My Name Is" in Detroit, Eminem felt disconnected from the content. He reminded the crowd that he's no longer the pill-popping Slim Shady of old: "See, I don't do any of that any of that anymore!"

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