Gucci Mane and Ten Other Drug-Addicted Rappers
Gucci Mane has been going berserk lately. He spewed a bunch of hate speech about Brick Squad and how he banged Nicki Minaj via Twitter, and then his own friend called the cops and had him arrested for erratic behavior (getting an ice-cream cone tatted on his face wasn't a first clue?) -- but it seems all that is in the past now.
Yesterday, Gucci got back on Twitter, talkin' about how he woke up in a hospital ashamed and embarrassed about his behavior, apologizing for the shenanigans, and admitting to a terrible ten-year lean addiction. In case you're too privileged and white to understand, lean is codeine cough syrup mixed with soda for an ultimate #traplyfe experience.
As Gucci said, "that shit ain't no joke." He claims to barely remember all the things he's done, and he's going into rehab while under incarceration. But he's not the first rapper to fall victim to addiction, and thankfully, he's still alive. Some of these other hip-hoppers aren't so lucky.
Weezy sure knows a thing or two about that lean. The New Orleans rapper has been sippin' and spittin' about purple drank for years. He first came out about his addiction in 2008, but rumors of the toll it takes on his life continue into 2013. When he landed in a coma after suffering from severe seizures a few months ago, everyone pointed at a sizzurp OD as the cause, though Wayne claims to have suffered from epileptic seizures his whole life.
Marshall Mathers' drug addiction wasn't really a surprise, considering the regularity with which he rapped about Vicodin and all manner of legal and illegal substances. His music suffered, and he almost died. That was the wake-up call. He lets the story loose in this incredible interview from the documentary How to Make Money Selling Drugs, and it hits home as a dark reminder of how serious these funny rhymes about drugs can actually be. Em has since beat his addiction and pumped his skills back up. We're glad one of the greatest is still with us.
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