EDM and the resulting scene of face painted- pacifier sucking- neon ballerinas that has thrust itself into the mainstream in recent years is nothing new. Just listen to James Murphy's rant on LCD Soundsystem's "Losing My Edge" and you'll get a pretty comprehensive summary of rave culture. Some say it started with Acid House in the mid-to-late 1980s in the U.K. Some claim that it is a continuation of the hippy movement and the radical changes in music that the 60s sparked. Today people call the music created with synthesizers, drum machines, and sequencers dubstep, house, trap, electronica, or EDM as a catchall. Despite arguments for the quality of the music which is naturally subjective, there seems to be another, more plausible reason for this infatuation with EDM and its sudden explosion into U.S. culture - everyone's favorite girl, Molly.
Molly is a clever nickname for the crystalline or powder form of purified MDMA, the main component of ecstasy. MDMA was first synthesized in 1912 in an attempt to develop a substance to stop abnormal bleeding. The drug did not serve this function, but research on the substance continued. The U.S. Military used it during interrogations in the 50s. Psychologists in the 70s utilized it to promote communication and increase therapeutic introspection. Partygoers and scholars alike used it recreationally once it hit the streets. In 1985, soon after the youth got a hold of it in large numbers, MDMA was declared a Schedule I controlled substance by the U.S. government. This means that according to the Federal Government MDMA has a high potential for abuse, no accepted medical use in the U.S, and a lack of accepted safety for the use of the drug under medical supervision. But when has a government ban ever stopped the youth from taking a drug it enjoys? MDMA lives on, and it is thriving.
Lebron James Popped a Molly
Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Kanye West, and even Lebron James have all associated themselves with Molly. Whether it's referring to its use in a song, or in James' case getting caught during warm ups mouthing, "Popped a molly I'm Sweating," these exemplify the drug's departure from the underground rave scene and entrance into the lives of Disney stars and athletes. Not to say that the rave scene is not equally relevant nowadays, what with Skrillex winning a Grammy and a new EDM festival lurking around every corner. Ravers are growing in numbers by the day. Go down to Bonnaroo or out to Coachella and you will surely see hippies holding signs that read "has anyone seen my girlfriend Molly?" Look at the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, which got so big it could expand its market to New York City, or Ultra Music Festival in Miami, and all you will find are glow stick sporting flower girls with pupils the size of bowling balls.
Miley Cyrus - "We Can't Stop"
Miley Cyrus definitely isn't in Montana anymore. If it's true the line goes "Dancing with Miley" not "Dancing with Molly," then I'd love to hear her explain "Everyone in line for the bathroom/ Trying to get a line in the bathroom."
Go to any university and you will find the dream girl just as easily as a bag of pot or an Adderall pill. Mini raves take place in the basements of frat houses across the country. Around the world MDMA is just as pervasive. Barcelona seems like it is living in a cloud of the stuff. There is an endless list of all night raves in Ibiza, neatly organized week by week. Tomorrowland in Belgium is one of the world's biggest and most popular EDM festivals. The rave scene is single handedly sustaining the glow stick, neon paint, and candy necklace industries. There is a constant photo stream of goofy looking ravers, dressing more and more outrageously as the festivals go by. This begs the question of whether this is because these people like the music, because of the Molly, or because they long to get in touch with their past life as a bioluminescent fish. Regardless of the reasoning behind the outfits, it appears that the whole world is taking a dip into this Dutch dancing powder.
People are going to take drugs. They always have, and they always will. Most people reading this probably tend to abuse a drug called ethanol. Drugs are addictive. Most people forget about that, and before they know it their brain is fried like an egg. Molly may look like a less intense version of ecstasy on paper, but it has effects on the human brain that most users probably are not aware of. This is neither a public service announcement, nor a preacher trying to save the condemned. This is not a D.A.R.E. campaign. This is one man's first-hand account of a trend in music and youth culture that is expanding and permeating society exponentially. Drugs have torn through generations for millennia now, and it is naive to imagine a future without them. What should be viewed under a microscope are the causes, effects, and creations that are related to the movement. EDM is not the first genre to be driven by a controlled substance, and it will not be the last. LSD made the hippies groove. Cocaine gave Saturday night its fever. Molly is getting the kids to dance all night, and is making today's DJs filthy rich in the process.
Kanye West - "Mercy"
"Something about Mary, she gone off that molly/ Now the whole party is melted like Dali."