The drug epidemic has haunted black communities for decades. As a result of being raised in those communities and experiencing the effects of the drug trade, many rappers have incorporated tales of cocaine trafficking and drug abuse within their music. Atlanta-based artist Future appears to be the next rapper to speak often on the life in the trap with his debut album Pluto.

However, there is a thin line between the examination and glorification of the  drug trade.

We have compiled a list of the top 5 rappers who walk that fine line.–amir shaw

A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.