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Listomania: Top Ten Songs About Ingesting Cough Syrup for Leisure

Ahh, codeine cough syrup. It started off innocently enough, as a remedy for a sore throat. However, if it can get you high, people will use it to get high. And, if it gets you high, someone will at some point write a song about it.

However, this classy beverage is nothing new in the music world. Songs about sizzurp began cropping up in the southern hip-hop scene about fifteen years ago, when Houston's DJ Screw drank a bunch of cough syrup, slowed his music way down, and created the "chopped and screwed" mixing technique in tribute to the effects of his drug of choice. Memphis trio Three 6 Mafia and Houstoners UGK glamorized the drank with dirty, gritty, slow-paced jams that mimicked the sluggish effects of codeine syrup on the user.

Lest the reader think that we are promoting syrup slurping as a viable option for recreational fun, we will state for the record that sippin' on sizzurp can kill you. Don't try this at home, kids. With that, we happily present 10 of our favorite songs that glorify the dubious act of drinking cough syrup. Pour yourself an ice-cold glass of something that isn't codeine cough syrup and hit the jump for the list that contains possibly the most NSFW lyrics in any of our posts (don't say we didn't warn you).

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Laura Mann