Purple Drank: Anti-Energy Drink Says Slow Your Roll

Purple Drank Anti-Energy Drink: Slow Your Roll
Drank Anti-Energy Drink: Slow Your Roll

I am sure you have heard of energy drinks. In fact, you’ve probably had one in the past few years. According to RateItAll.com, here are the top 20 energy drinks (in order from #1 to #20):

Red Bull, XS, 5 Hour Energy, Monster Energy Drink, Rockstar: Original, SoBe Adrenaline Rush, BAWLS Guarana Energy, Red Stallion, AMP – Mountain Dew – Green Flavor, Reload, Hype Energy, Source Burn, Full Throttle, Pimpjuice, Red Devil, Liquid X Euphoric Energy Drink, Boo Koo Energy Drink, BOMBA, Battery, NOS

Yeah, I’ve had a few of those at some point during the past several years. And from my experience they pretty much do what they say. They give you energy. And why do we need energy? It’s because we’re a nation of people who are exhausted, busy and always wanting to do more (or less). It’s weird. People who are high strung drink energy drinks when they are not at their A Game of anxiety. On the other hand, people who are exhausted drink energy drinks to get an energy boost, as they are exhausted from doing so much already that day. Everyone’s so busy and exhausted, yet we crave more. It’s a wild circle of logic, and no one can escape the need for energy. And make no mistake, the energy drink market is thriving:

If energy drinks aren’t yet on your menu or even your radar, consider this eye-popping news: The market for energy-boosting beverages has ballooned by more than 400% over the past five years. Sales have grown from $1.2 billion in 2002 to an estimated $6.6 billion in 2007, according to market-research firm Packaged Facts, which projects that the market will reach $9.3 billion by 2011. (R&I)

But there is good news on the horizon, and on the shelves of your local 7-Eleven. It’s called Drank, and it claims to be an anti-energy drink. The slogan is “Slow your roll.” Drank is everything you would ever expect from a drink that called itself an anti-energy drink and an extreme relaxation beverage.

Purple Drank Anti-Energy Beverage: Slow Your Roll
Purple Drank Anti-Energy Beverage: Extreme Relaxation Beverage

I grew up in Austin and Houston. In Houston, rap music is huge. I remember the first day that 97.9 The Box went on the air. Ah, memories. I still listen to rap music here and there. As recently as a few days ago, I was familiar with purple drank because several prominent hip hop musicians and famous rappers have referenced the drink in several hit rap songs. In those songs, purple drank is also referred to as sizzurp, lean, syrup, drank, barre and purple jelly. What I did not know was that a brand of anti-energy drinks had actually been created.

Think about it: Most Americans are pumped to the max on sugar. Everyone’s got ADD at some level. We want it our way, right away. We crave drama. And all of that leads to us being tired and exhausted. The logical evolution of beverages would be the creation of sugary drinks that give you more energy to deal with your day. That is why the energy drink market has surged over the past decade. But with Purple Drank, we have a drink that actually relaxes you. It slows you down. It’s meant to decreases your nervousness and anxiety levels, so you can just chill out a little.

From what I know, Houston has been celebrating a slowed down lifestyle for a long time. You can hear this in the chopped and screwed music that’s been playing in Houston for the past 20 years. You can see this if you go out on a Sunday night and see people cruising down Richmond Ave at slow speeds. People down there love the slowed down lifestyle. And why not? It’s probably not any worse than being high strung, anxious and exhausted all of the time.

The history of purple drank is also quite interesting. While the Drank Beverage brand is relatively new, purple drank has been around for some time. According to the Wikipedia:

Houston, Texas producer DJ Screw first popularized the concoction, which is widely attributed as a source of inspiration for the “chopped and screwed” style of hip hop music. Originally, the active ingredient of “syrup” was cough syrup containing promethazine and codeine. The concoction first gained popularity in the underground Houston rap scene and later spread to other southern states.

In June 2000, Three 6 Mafia’s single “Sippin’ on Some Syrup,” featuring UGK brought the term “purple drank” to a nationwide audience. Three 6 Mafia’s single “Rainbow Colors” featuring Lil’ Flip pertains to the consumption of purple drank; the addition of a Jolly Rancher candy to a cup of purple drank creates a spectrum of colors, hence the name. “Rainbow colors” can also refer to a mix of different narcotic cough syrups containing codeine, hydrocodone, and various other anti-histamines, expectorants, and such. So-called “yellow syrup” is a blend of XR hydrocodone and atropine or chlorpheniramine and “pink syrup” is Cheratussin AC brand codeine and guaifenesin. Cheratussin AC (and other similar brands), which is legal for over-the-counter purchase in some states (e.g., Washington), is sometimes seen as an alternative to purple and yellow syrup.

In 2004, the University of Texas found that 8.3% of secondary school students in Texas had taken codeine syrup to get high. The Drug Enforcement Administration reports “busts” involving syrup across the southern United States, particularly in Texas and Florida. Its use has spread to other parts of the United States and the world, including Mexico, Canada, the Philippines, United Kingdom, Vietnam, India, Israel, Russia, and Japan. (Wikipedia)

That is the story of Purple Drank. I hope you found all of that very enlightening. If you don’t know about purple drank, you are really missing out on a huge cultural phenomenon that originated in the southern United States. And just a word to the wise: do not abuse prescription-strength cough syrup. Codeine, which is found in prescription-strength cough syrup, was likely a big factor in the deaths of DJ Screw, Big Moe and Pimp C. Just thought you should know that.

14 thoughts on “Purple Drank: Anti-Energy Drink Says Slow Your Roll”

  1. I had a Vodka & Redbull in the weekend it was so good. I can see why it can be a hazard like NBO says but I like leaving the mixing to the bartenders that way it taste good and trustworthy to drink.

  2. the purple drank or sizzurp they are talking about is actually grape soda usually mixed with a prescription cough syrup that contains codeine, an opiate. Usually these cough syrups are a mix of promethazine and codeine. Both get you buzzed and really relaxed. But since codiene is an opiate it does have an addiction potential. So when you hear these rappers talking about purple drank, its not this drink…

  3. what is this all about? and the “slow your roll” is really bad. god i would never drink this stuff in my freakin life. it looks gross and probably tastes gross. haha get a new pick up line for your product.

  4. that stuff is AMAZING I can drink one can about right after I wake up and barely finish it before I’m out again. Great for insomnia or when you fall asleep and are up 2 hours later.

  5. Drinking “Drank” now. Had trouble googling it..didn’t look like a d, and looked like some random I’s in the logo..anyway…

    Taste pretty bad. I’m on speed looking to come down a bit. Haven’t really felt its relaxation.

    I like the idea, but isn’t this, in excess, like alcohol? Isn’t that the best downer? I can’t see this to be better than tylenol PM if you need sleep..and I can’t imagine this to be good to mix with alcohol. I just don’t know what direction they can go with this. ?????????

    “We have combined Rose hips, melatonin, and valerian Root with a great tasting beverage to create the industry’s first “relaxed lifestyle beverage”. These ingredients have the ability to relax your body, mind and soul. Just remember to “slow your roll” with Drank” (I should have seen that on the back..mo-mo-me.)

  6. What are some of yall talking about!?!?!! this stuff is amazing! (and im not a drug head talking about poppin pills, and syrup and all that) but “Drank” is actually taste really good, and it has all natural ingredients (including melotonin which your body naturally produces to put you to sleep) to relax you from a hectic, and stressful work day.,, I have bad sleeping problems, but this stuff actually helps a lil.. dont knock it til you try it!!!!

  7. I am sitting here drinking one as I type. This drink works, tastes great, and very effectively chills hyper little kids.
    All purpose drank.

  8. Anyone who would give this to Children! Should have their kids taken away!!! You DON’T DRUG YOUR CHILDREN WITH SOMETHING CREATED FOR IDIOT ADULTS!!! SERIOUSLY!!!!

  9. I am a big .. huge fan of this beverage. I am a very energetic person cerebrially and Drank helps me to unwind calm things down. Great for sleeep issues as well.

    Luv it and highly recommend it !

    T. Joyce
    The Quintessential Lounger

  10. I love Drank; and obviously, the people who decide to judge the drink before even trying it, well, they can go f*** themselves ill take them all for you because they taste amazing, they relax me, and they are hard to find!

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