There's a troubling new trend being adopted across rap, and Gunna appears to be one of the most prominent participants. 😓
In a clip that has since gone viral, Gunna takes a hit of nitrous oxide, otherwise known as a "whippit," on Instagram Live before dipping after just a few seconds. "Slatt," he says in a deep-pitched voice.
Nitrous oxide, which is often used to charge whip cream dispensers, is a dangerous chemical that provides users with a brief head high when inhaled. There are many harmful potential side effects to doing whippits, like organ damage, psychiatric hallucinations and severe brain damage.
While Gunna is no stranger to dabbling in various drugs (see his new song "ADDYS"), this latest video is concerning as the trend of whippits seems to extend beyond just him.
In a video that surfaced last week, Young Thug, Wheezy and Lil Duke, as well as Gunna, can be seen balancing nitrous oxide canisters on their heads.
D Savage, an artist who built a following during the SoundCloud Rap era, was also recently seen doing a whippit.
Understandably, Gunna's decision to glamorize whippits upset a legion of fans. Many also pointed to the scary impact of Steve-O's former nitrous oxide dependency, which caused him to hallucinate an entire intervention.
Popular hip-hop media outlet DJBooth even went as far as to delete a tweet promoting a recent interview Gunna did with Genius, leading to kickback from some more tolerant rap fans.
DJBooth editor-in-chief Brian "Z" Zisook explained the move in a follow-up message. "The piece of content we removed, which was from another outlet, highlighted 'generational influence,' which, given Gunna's recent actions, felt very contradictory," he wrote.
Nevertheless, Gunna is still riding the wave of his sophomore album, WUNNA, which is expected to debut at No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 album chart with 110,000 to 130,000 equivalent album units.
This would be his first-ever No. 1 album.