Rapper speaks openly on drug use

Gísli Pálmi performing at Iceland Airwaves.

Gísli Pálmi performing at Iceland Airwaves. Mbl.is/ Eggert Jóhannesson

Icelandic rapper Gísli Pálmi Sigurðsson, known as Gísli Pálmi, who just released his first album, spoke openly on drug use on Rás2 national radio yesterday. He says that he's never seen as many drugs on the street in Iceland as right now. 

The lyrics on his new album describe drug use and in an interview with radio host Ólafur Páll Gunnarsson, Gísli Pálmi says that this is today's reality, a reality that older generations don't know about. "Noone dares to tell the truth about it," he adds. "Unfortunately the people who have been so heavily into this are not talking about it." 

Gísli Pálmi describes his friends who were heavily into drugs as some having turned over a new leaf,and some ending up in jail. "That's what changed me, going to prison, it calmed me down. Before, the high school and college kids were against drugs. Not anymore. But I'm not the one selling drugs anymore." When asked whether he still deals drugs he replied," That's totally unrelated to my music."  

Gísli Pálmi was asked whether he feels any responsibility as a role model he denis that."Not at all. I'm just being myself. That's what works best. No responsibililty. I'm not trying to be any sort of role model."

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