Yesterday, Fredo Santana’s death shook the rap industry. Several fellow rappers took to their social media outlets to give their condolences. Fans and strangers alike across Twitter and Instagram also posted their sympathies and memories of the late young rapper. Prior to his death, I had never heard of him, but he seemed well loved and respected. It has been reported that the 27-year-old had major kidney and liver failure during the latter part of 2017. He posted on his own social media pages about his recovery and even vowed to try to stay sober. It seems that Santana’s drug of choice was the cough syrup/codeine derived drink called “lean”. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of health problems associated with lean. Lil’ Wayne has had multiple health scares over the past few years due to his consumption of lean.
Even though we know that lean is extremely dangerous (and illegal), is it right to blame Santana for his death? Personally, I don’t think so. It’s not the time and it’s insensitive, to be frank. I think it is a part of a larger problem including education and mental health. I don’t think it’s the time to point fingers at Santana, but instead, where do we go from here? How do we push education and how do we save others before it’s too late? Most of the people who consume lean don’t understand the chemicals they are putting in their bodies. Secondly, I don’t think people consume lean just because it’s cool. Like many other vices, it’s due to a larger issue whether it’s stress, depression, anxiety, etc. From my experience, I usually see males consuming lean. Men are least likely to express mental health concerns vocally. Men also complete suicide at a much higher rate than women, despite what people tend to believe. Consumption of lean, in my opinion, is not just a symbol of trying to be cool. It’s a symbol of something deeper than the surface.
Generally, people never think that something bad can happen to them. So, even if a person dies and the cause of death is directly related to lean, people don’t think the worst can happen to them. Santana’s death is still undetermined, period. According to the Chicago Tribune, the medical examiner has not publicly stated Santana’s cause of death.He was not a bad person because of his previous addiction and I don’t want people to think that of those people who are addicted to lean or any other drugs. A lot of us are addicted to something or someone, it’s human.
For more information about the story of Santana’s death, read the Chicago Tribune’s story here.
Rolling Ray Undergoes Surgery After Wig Catches On Fire
Social media star Rolling Ray underwent surgery Tuesday morning to treat serious burns on his body after his terrible wig accident last week.
In a series of IG stories, he let his audience follow along as he prepped for surgery.
Last week Rolling Ray announced he was hospitalized after his wig caught on fire! During a January 13 Instagram Live session hosted straight from his hospital bedside, he showed his severely burnt and damaged face telling viewers his “whole skin, legs, arms, feet, and everything” were burned.
In a more recent Live, Ray explained the incident that led to his whole wig catching on fire: an unfortunate smoking accident. “It just, like, lit on fire when I tried to light the cigarette,” he recounted. “So I get to trying to snatch the wig off. B***h, the fire goes to my f*****g shirt, to my feet, to my legs, to my back. It’s a fire everywhere, it’s a fire in the whole room.”
Of course the internet trolled him in a disgusting display of ableism and heartlessness. Comments like “Rolling Ray should have stopped, dropped, and rolled” and “karma’s a b***h” had social media conflicted in its feelings about his accident. His sensation comes from his harsh and, often, below-the-belt reads (just last month he told Yung Miami to “dig (sic) up” her dead baby father. However, the criticism didn’t stop him from responding on Twitter.
Rolling Ray might be problematic as all get-out, but we do not tolerate ableism here. We wish him well as he heals.
Fantasia Reveals Gender of Baby On the Way!
On Tuesday singer-songwriter and “American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino took to social media to reveal that she is having a baby girl, her first child with husband Kendall Taylor.
In a series of Instagram stories, Fantasia showed pink fireworks being shot off during a gender reveal party, to her and her hubby’s excitement! She continued by sharing what her daughter-to-be’s name will be: Keziah London Taylor.
The news comes after the couple revealed they had struggled to conceive since their 2015 marriage. During a November episode of her IG Live show “Taylor Talks,” she described continuously praying for a child with her husband. Fantasia, a deeply devout Christian, was obviously elated when she shared the news.
“God I Want To Thank You!” she said in an Instagram caption. “You Gave Us A Seed even when the Doctor said that one of my Tubes [was] Closed you said Different. @salute1st I Love You King and I can’t wait to see who He or She acts Like.”
We can see Fantasia and family are all super excited to be welcoming a baby girl into their lives. All congratulations to her.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Are Getting Divorced, Report Says
In a story published Tuesday evening, Page Six is reporting that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are getting divorced, with the two already in settlement talks. The news comes after the couple spent the holiday season separately – Kanye at his ranch outside Cody, Wyoming, Kim and the kids with her famous family in southern California.
A source close to Kardashian was quoted saying, “Kim got Kanye to go up there so they could live separate lives and quietly get things sorted out to separate and divorce. She’s done.” Kardashian, 40, and West, 43, are said to be splitting because of marital problems directly related to Kanye’s very public mental health struggles.
For several years the rapper’s various antics have caused fans to worry. After coming out as a Trump supporter, West then announced his own 2020 presidential bid under a new political party: the Birthday Party. At a campaign rally in South Carolina, he was seen rambling, debating individual audience members, and at times, crying. In various interviews, he has rambled on almost incoherently, and his tweetstorms are now infamous.
For her part, Kim has always supported her husband and has openly discussed the difficulties of their marriage. Back in June, she shared on social media, “Anyone who has [bipolar disorder] or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how incredibly complicated and painful it is to understand… People who are unaware or far removed from this experience can be judgmental and not understand that the individual (has) to engage in the process of getting help no matter how hard family and friends try.”
It appears she has finally reached her limit in the union with the unnamed source saying, “She is serious about taking the bar exam and becoming a lawyer, she is serious about her prison reform campaign. Meanwhile Kanye is talking about running for president and saying other crazy s**t, and she’s just had enough of it.”
Separately, a source close to Kanye alleges the rapper is sick of his wife and her family, which might have some truth to it since he has tweeted some pretty nasty things about them in the past. “I been trying to get divorced since Kim met with Meek at the Warldolf [sic] for ‘prison reform,’” he said in a now-deleted July tweet. Recently, he hasn’t been featured on his wife’s Instagram and has largely remained out of the public eye.
With the news yet to be confirmed, the “divorce is imminent” reports are just rumors for now. We’ll be following the news as more information comes out.