Vitamin 99 – also known as Speed Racer – is, as the nickname suggests, is an amphetamine. It’s so strong that taking it is considered a sacrament by some of Los Angeles’ tribal gangs – one user describes it as “like riding bitch on God’s own Harley”. The user’s movements and perceptions are so heightened that non-users appear to be standing still.
Vitamin 99 doesn’t last very long, and its comedown is a harsh one. It’s also very addictive, and like most amphetamines, it tends to burn out users pretty quickly. But not so quickly that users haven’t evolved their own culture, with its own incredibly sped up music.