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American Sin: Luxe discusses his new track, addiction & the glorification of substance abuse

Burlington, ON – Burlington artist Luxe just released his latest single titled “American Sin” (produced by FortuneWest) off the forthcoming …And It Fell Apart EP.

“American Sin” is a record about the glorification of substance abuse, and Luxe’s own battles with addiction. Luxe penned this song after undergoing one of his surgeries after he had been given a painkiller prescription. He’d reached a point where he’d become so dependant on his painkillers that he couldn’t function without them.

According to Luxe, we live in a society where substance abuse if glorified within pop culture. It’s cool to get f**ked up. And it’s cool to drink and drug with no limits. Unfortunately, that’s not a sustainable way of living and a lot of people fall victim to addiction. Listen to “American Sin” below, and scope our in-depth Q&A with Luxe after the jump.

American Sin: Luxe discusses fighting addiction & the glorification of substance abuse -

Q&A: Luxe

HipHopCanada: Start off by telling me what this song means to you on a personal level.

Luxe: This song is about the struggle of fighting addiction while simultaneously taking part in so many things that seem to glorify substance abuse. I wrote this song while trying to fight an addiction to pain killers.

HipHopCanada: This song seems to be a commentary on the drug and drink culture… and how it’s just so routine and so part of everyday life. What message were you trying to convey with this? And why the title “American Sin”?

Luxe: Definitely. Without coming off as preachy, we live in a society that glorifies getting f**ked up. It’s in the music, the movies, TV… everything. A lot of the time I’m listening to my favourite artists sing about this shit and they make it seem so dope. I’ve been there. I’m guilty of writing about the same stuff. Being f**ked up on morphine or cough syrup to the point that you can’t even walk straight is the complete opposite of being a rockstar. In my mind. The rappers used to rap about selling drugs, and I’m over here abusing them. It’s backwards. I used the term “American Sin” to represent this image we’re sold; a sort of spin on the “American Dream.” You can feel like these drugs or alcohol or whatever your vice may be might make your life better. But in the end it will only make shit worse.

HipHopCanada: Talk to me about your own personal experience with substance abuse.

Luxe: I’ve dealt with addiction a few times in my life. Mostly through prescription medication. What starts off as something that is supposed to help you and make you feel better can quickly take over your life and make things worse. It’s something I am still trying to figure out.

HipHopCanada: This song seems to come from a very dark place in your mind. What was going on when you penned this song?

Luxe: I wrote this song during my treatment after one of my surgeries. I got prescribed pain killers that I quickly got addicted to. It became this struggle to even function without using them. But with everything going on in my life with the diagnosis, it was a nice escape to not feel anything at all. Eventually, it starts to make you feel like absolute trash. I was so frustrated with being controlled by these pills that were supposed to help me, and it made me feel hopeless. It was a serious problem that started affecting – not only how others saw me – but how I saw myself. Though this EP was all written as a very dark time in my life, this song was written at the tipping point.

HipHopCanada: How did the collaboration with FortuneWest come about?

Luxe: Me and FortuneWest linked up on a producer message board a couple of years back. We had worked on a couple tracks before, but nothing that we were ready to release. He sent me this beat and the melody and lyrics just came right away. We definitely have some more music in the works.

HipHopCanada: What do you want your listeners to take away from hearing this one?

Luxe: Drugs and alcohol will never solve your problems. They can only make shit worse. If you or a friend are dealing with addiction, there is help out there.

Twitter: @Luxe416

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Sarah Jay is based in Calgary and works as a freelance journalist and photographer. Sarah is also a former A&R talent scout for the Universal Music Scouting Program, and runs a vintage store during the day. Sarah has juried the JUNO Awards, The Polaris Music Prize, and The Prism Prize. She has been fortunate enough to interview and photograph some of hip-hop's greatest influencers including Future, ScHoolboy Q, Ghostface Killah, Moka Only, Maestro Fresh Wes, Shad, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, and more. Follow Sarah on Twitter: @ThisIsSarahJay

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