After news broke earlier this week that Tulisa was under investigation for a cocaine scandal, many questioned why the singer and former X Factor judge would make such a ridiculous move; which will more than likely damage what’s left of her career in the entertainment business.
The singer was busted at the beginning of this week after arranging for her friend and rapper, Mike GLC to sell cocaine to an undercover reporter for The Sun in an ordeal costing £800.
Clearly causing the media to hurl her into the heat, many questioned why Tulisa (who since her career beginnings has sat on X Factor’s judging panel) would even continue to sell drugs with her level of fame. Especially since she hails from one of the leading groups to come out of the UK in recent years and has also landed endorsement deals including a fashion line with retailer, Bank and her own fragrance.
It makes you wonder why artists who seem to be established (or appear to be to the public eye) are selling drugs on the side, in addition to their lucrative careers. My personal opinion is purely down to the fact that the artist in question is running low on the money they may have made throughout their career, or they simply are using their star power to expand on their wealth.
We all know that nobody can be on top forever, so what happens when an artist’s career slows down? Of course they’re not going to hop behind a counter at their local supermarket and work a nine to five job, so is drugs an easy yet evidently risky alternative?
Or has the idea of wealth become a warped perception?
Is there no such thing as too much money?
Maybe the amount of money some artists have in their bank accounts will never amount to satisfactory by their standards, especially after experiencing significant financial figures associated to their names.
However, Tulisa is not the only act to sell drugs whilst being in the limelight. Remember popular reggae artist, Buju Banton who was arrested for possession of more than five kilograms of cocaine back in 2009? Banton served as one of the most dominant figures in reggae music throughout the 90s to the early 2000s, so what on earth drove him to want to be caught up in such a risky predicament that would tarnish his legacy?
It should also be noted that drugs is glorified a lot more in music lately, especially within the Trap music Hip-Hop subgenre. With the use of weed and the new trend molly being present in lyrics from popular rappers, some of which also boast about their hustling habits.
For now, it will probably be one of those questions that will remain unsolved for years to come. I’ve already expressed my ideas, but it will certainly be interesting to hear some of your opinions as to why big acts result to selling drugs, even at the top of their careers.