AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) — The electric dance music, or EDM, concerts at UMass Amherst are a popular event for students. Recently though, the school has begun canceling these types of concerts because of the fear over the use of “Molly,” a popular MDMA drug like ecstasy with a higher potency.
The recent cancellations have students divided.
“I kind of do think it’s responsible. I know that’s not a popular opinion but I do think it is,” said UMass senior Michelle Woodward.
However, sophomore Austin Seda disagrees saying, “It is sad but one student screwing up shouldn’t let a lot of other students not have fun.”
But it’s the concert officials have not cancelled that has many students even more puzzled.
Several rap artists are now glorifying the drug in their music. While “Molly” is referenced in songs by Kanye West, Rick Ross, and Juicy J, the artist most known for his reference is Trinidad James, and now, he’s on his way to UMass.
On October 26th, the Mullins Center is scheduled to host Fright Fest III, which will highlight the rapper. His top hit is ‘All Gold Everything,’ which is known for the lyrics “Popped a Molly, I’m Sweatin.”
And while EDM concerts have been canceled in the past, Fright Fest III is still scheduled to go on as planned, regardless of the rapper essentially promoting the drug – a move that some students say doesn’t make sense.
“I think it shows how out of touch the faculty is with the students. I mean they wouldn’t have booked him if they knew that he has a song that says ‘Popped a Molly, I’m Sweatin,’” senior Veronica Stracqualurs told us.
While some students don’t agree with the school canceling these concerts, they do think that artists need to be more responsible about their lyrics and the audience that they appeal to.
“I think it’s pretty scary and kind of sad that there are artists actually encouraging the use of drugs especially like Miley Cirus,” reasoned senior Meghan Allen.
Trinidad James reverences molly in more than one song and the Mullins Center continues to promote him as “Mr. All Gold Everything.”
Both the Mullins Center and UMass were unavailable for comment today.