[Toronto, ON] – The astronomical death-toll related to the opioid crisis that has swept over the United States in recent years has also infiltrated Canada, with more than 10,300 opioid-related deaths from January 2016 to September 2018 alone.2 While public acknowledgement of the extent of the crisis is growing, awareness as to the underlying causes and potential solutions to the problem seems to be in short supply.
In response to the rising opioid-related death-toll, Toronto-born hip hop emcee/rapper MC FÜBB (pronounced “emcee foob”), who also happens to be a Registered Psychotherapist, has released a song addressing the epidemic entitled “Opioid Crisis.” Produced by Juno-nominated beat-maker Fresh Kils, “Opioid Crisis” is a gritty, hard-hitting, heartstring-pulling song that confronts listeners with the horrific realities of the unfolding situation that its title entails. With eloquent lyricism and unflinching clarity, the song explores themes of underlying trauma and pain that often co-occur with addiction; systemic causes of trauma and substance use as a means to cope; the glorification of substance use in rap music; and the all-to-brief and unreflective public reaction to deaths of celebrities by overdose. The aim of “Opioid Crisis” is to raise public awareness and encourage critical self-reflection for listeners, policy-makers, and for society as a whole.
“Opioid Crisis” is the first single to be released from MC FÜBB’s forthcoming EP, Wounded Healer (a project for which the artist received a recording grant from the Ontario Arts Council), which is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2019.
“Opioid Crisis” can be streamed at the following link: https://soundcloud.com/mcfubb/opioid-crisis-prod-by-fresh-kils
DJ Pack (including a clean/radio-friendly version of the song can be accessed here): http://www.mcfubb.com/dj-packs.html
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