But Wayne is very human; sick and possibly dealing with something that millions of people across the U.S. are struggling with – drug addiction. Specifically, in his case, Sizzurp.
Born Dwayne Carter in New Orleans, the 30 year old music mogul was re-admitted to a Los Angeles hospital on Wednesday, March 13, after suffering more strong seizures. Celebrities have been pouring in to visit him at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, including Drake and Nikki Minaj, who is on Wayne’s label, Young Money Entertainment.
TMZ, the entertainment website, at one point wrote he was near death but later changed the posting.
Wayne declared in a tweet that he was alive and well. “I’m good everybody. Thx for the prayers and love.”
But, now the burning question is why is he having the seizures reported about since October of 2012? Wayne has acknowledged that he’s on medication for them.
US Weekly magazine had some shocking claims from a source about Lil Wayne – “He drank too much sizzurp to get a better high,” and the magazine’s March 17 online posting also stated, “He needs rehab but he’s not close to death or anything. He’s fine and just coming down off the high.”
Could his fondness for sizzurp, a mixture of soda and cough syrup with codeine, only available by prescription, be exacerbating an existing health problem?
“Weezy,” as his friends call him, wrote about the codeine syrup drink in his song, “Me and my Drank.” The lyrics are chilling given allegations he has a predilection for sizzurp. He wrote, in part – ”I buy a bottled pop. Drop some syrup in it… One more ounce will make me feel so great. Wait..Now I can”t feel my face up in the studio me and my drank.”
Sizzurp is said to be popular among rappers particularly those in the South. I talked to Atlanta rapper, Juney Boomdata, about all the talk of the syrup drink being the rage with rappers and athletes. I wanted to know why did it start becoming so popular?
“It’s just like any other substance. I mean, you know, it’s by trial and error. Somebody may have took it one day and liked the way it felt and, you know, upped it a little bit, upped the dosage.” Boomdata supposed.
When asked does he think sizzurp has replaced marijuana as the drug of choice among rappers, he replied, “I would say no just because of the cost. I mean you can get weed as little as $5 for for um what you would call it, a serving, a dose. But, with like syrup, you can’t get a dose lower than $50.”
Boomdata speculates about the popularity of the drug in the South, noting a stereotype about the region.
“Me personally I think cause the South is more of a laid back region and by syrup being a depressant it slows everything down.”
Boomdata had the 2008 hit song, “Wuz Up Wit Da Cookiez.” In two weeks look for a new single from him entitled, “Boom Boom Data Room.”
There’s a toll-free number, 877-259-5634, you can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to reach counselors who can provide counseling to African American drug addicts.
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