First Reference: Genius – Video
Morel, Jacques. “How Logic, Lil Uzi Vert, And XXXTENTACION Put Mental Health Center Stage in Hip-Hop.”Genius, 5 Sept. 2017.
In this video, Jacques speaks on the medium of hip-hop being used to draw awareness towards mental-health issues, because even Hip-hop artists are not immune to the manifestation of these psychological traumas. Using examples such as Capital Steez’s suicide, Eminem’s attempt at overdosing, and Lil Wayne’s self-harm confession delivered on Solange’s A Seat at the Table. Dismal conditions in life, love, or even career have been stigmatized as possible causes for the unhealthy mental states. However, Kendrick Lamar, who is admired for his success and composure, uses U to talk about how the grim state of other’s lives guilted him into depression. These dialogues are more prevalent now, though they have been expressed throughout many hip-hop generations. One vignette will explore how mental health issues of burrowed sadness exists in the medium of hip-hop, and how the tradition of toughness taught artists to mask these image-ruining emotions.
Second Reference: The Guardian - Blog Post
Smith, SE. “How Not to Talk to Someone with Depression | SE Smith.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 7 Apr. 2015.
The Guardian article “How Not to Talk to Someone with Depression” explains how depressed individuals often feel isolated and frustrated by their experience with the mental illness. It discusses the varying forms which depression can manifest into, “some people have highs and lows, some have major depression, some have functional days, and others never do”. The article then builds on these negative emotions that a depressed person suffers from, as they can be exacerbated when others being to inquire about them. Efforts in providing aide can result as misguided belittlement, leaving the ones who need help and those willing to help no better off than they were earlier. This article will be used to break down stigmas surrounding the “what you can do” mentality of those who feel powerless to help their depression-afflicted friends because sometimes, less is more.