"I'm Scared, Bro": Lil Skies Explains Why He Avoids Lean & Xanax

"It's just not a way of life."

Atlantic Records signee Lil Skies might only be 19, but the rising star appears to be wise beyond his years.

During a recent interview with French media outlet Rap Fire Officiel, the rapper born Kimetrius Foose was asked to talk about the popularity of lean and Xanax among today's new generation of rap artists. While Skies doesn't completely denounce either drug (and is an avid smoker), he does explain why, for him, using or abusing them has never been an option.

"I'm not against people that do that shit, [but] to me, it's just not a way of life," Skies said. "I don't want to ever rely on something [like that]. I've said in my interviews, I'm scared, bro. I'm not going to sit here and act like I want to do drugs. Bro, I know I'ma have a bad trip so that's why I won't do it. I'm the type of person, my mind is too strong, I think too hard. I'm not going to put myself in that situation where I can get fucked up. But I've seen drugs really badly fuck up my friends, got some of my friends locked up for life. It's not for me."

Following the accidental drug overdose death of Lil Peep this past November, several of Skies' peers have formally denounced both lean and Xanax, including one-time Xanax endorsers Lil Pump and Lil Xan (who has since flirted with changing his stage name to Diego). 

In December, Skies released his formal debut, Life of a Dark Rose, which, so far, has produced two charting singles: "Red Roses" (peaked at No. 69 on the Billboard Hot 100) and "Nowadays" (peaked at No. 55).