New Year, New Habits
The new year is shaping up to be vastly different than its predecessors in the industry. Twenty-two days into 2018, another hip-hop influencer has denounced lean.
The promethazine-codeine mixture — which has been linked to seizures alongside kidney and liver damage — has been the cause of many hospitalizations and deaths within the hip-hop community. Now, once-avid users of “purple drank” are publicly kicking the habit.
DJ Mustard is the latest celeb to pour out his stash on camera. “It’s over for me people,” he said.
In a short clip added to his Instagram story, DJ Mustard became the latest hip-hop artist to publicly announce that lean is no longer his vice of choice. The famed producer videoed himself pouring his lean down the drain, then rinsing out his sink without hesitation.
While viewers can’t see his face in the video, his stern voice lets everyone know that he is serious.
Over & Done
“It’s over,” he says. “It’s over. F**k this s**t. Cool. F**k that. It’s over. Kick that muthaf**kin’ cup.”
While he didn’t allude to it, the timing of this video made fans think DJ Mustard didn’t make this decision 100% on his own. This came merely days after the death of Fredo Santana, leading everyone to believe that the rapper’s passing inspired Mustard to stop drinking lean.
“Trapper of the Year” rapper Fredo Santana died in his Los Angeles home Friday night (Jan. 19). According to Lt. David Smith, a spokesman for the local coroner’s office, the autopsy is pending. However, the rapper’s death has been linked to a fatal seizure that may have been brought on by kidney and liver failure.
Santana, whose first child was just born last June, was only 27 years old. His death struck a chord in hip-hop, with vets like Drake, Chief Keef, and Twista offering their condolences Santana’s family.
“My dawg for life I’m hurt on everything,” A$AP Nast wrote on Instagram. “Sending my condolences and soo much positive energy to you’re Love one’s most importantly your son bless up to you’re entire family.”
“Sleep in peace king,” the rapper added.
“I will always remember @fredosantanassr as a kid from Chicago who escaped the violence, lived his dream, raised a beautiful family, and showed us he did all of this his way,” Twista said. “Condolences to the family.”