This is getting out of hand .
On the heels of rapper Rich Homie Quan suffering a massive seizure after allegedly hitting the lean hard, we take a look through the prescription-strength drug and its history. We reported on the “Type Of Way” rapper being rushed to the hospital in Atlanta after he collapsed at a video shoot, which his rep called “heat exhaustion”. With the word going around in the industry that sizzurp, that purple stuff, aka promethazine codeine, played a part in the health scare, all eyes are keeping notice on Quan. He’s not the only one shy about his love for lean, as rappers are offering up to $100,000 for bottles now that the stuff is being ripped from the shelves. Actavis, the makers of Phenergan-Codeine cough syrup, had enough with the charges and deaths on their hands due to those who want to be like Lil Wayne, and yes, Justin Bieber.
One of the original founding members of Screwed Up Click, Big Moe mixed rap with singing that he called “rap singing”. His songs celebrated the codeine-laced drink as a form of fun and recreation. He sadly died at the age of 33 after suffering a heart attack one week earlier that left him in a coma.
The father of the “Stay Trippy” movement and author behind songs such as “Sippin’ On Some Sizzurp” is well-known for his double cup advocacy. While he and his Three 6 Mafia partner DJ Paul have never suffered a seizure, the belief is still “whatever a person wanna do, I can’t tell ’em what to do,” according to The Juice Man.
During his ascent into rap megastardom, Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller admitted to MTV how hard it is to kick the cough syrup addiction. “I love lean; it’s great. But it’s not good for you.” He quit hardcore shortly after another member of this list experienced a seizure.
Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz just recently joined the straight-edge society, revealing to MTV’s Rob Markman, “I don’t drank no more.” Making the change his New Year’s resolution, Tity Boi is sobering up before he enters a drug diversion program that will have him rehabbing for 18 months. Say goodbye to the Codeine Cowboy.
Houston rap legend Paul Wall confronted his own demons, coming clean about his addiction to lean even after Pimp C, Big Moe and others passed on. “I kinda made excuses,” he said. “I said it was other things that killed them. That’s part of being an addict.” Since then, he’s cleaned up his act, shed some pounds, and even reunited with Chamillionaire.