Atlanta rapper SahBabii might only be 20 years old, but he's wise beyond his years.
Last week, during an interview on The Cruz Show on Power 106 Los Angeles, the author of viral hit "Pull Up Wit Ah Stick" was asked about mental health in the hip-hop community and the impact that social media can have on depression, a disease the artist himself admits he has battled despite just entering the record industry.
"I just want to tell everybody to keep going, don't get caught up in the materialism you see people flashing the money and stuff on Instagram," said SahBabii. "It can make you suicidal and angry. Just keep doing you and stay positive. Try to better yourself. Do what you want to do, not what people tell you to do."
A quick trip over to SahBabii's Instagram account will reveal that, while he likes to frequently post new images of his travels, he is a practitioner of his preaching. There might be a few gun photos here and there, but there are no money phones to be found. JAY-Z would be proud.
As mental health awareness has grown in the United States over the past few decades, so too have the number of rappers who are willing to openly discuss depression, anxiety, and the various methods being employed to battle drug addictions that are the end result of these conditions.
In just the past five months, The Internet frontwoman Syd opened up about taking antidepressants, while XXL Freshman selection Kamaiyah, B.o.B, and grime rapper Stormzy have all admitted to suffering from bouts of depression.
Beyond talking about it interviews, though, many new generation artists are also crying out for help in their material. Unfortunately, passive listening has to lead many fans to follow in the footsteps of their idols without even knowing it.