Mac Miller is one of a number of rappers who have sadly died young. Miller was 26, which is far too young for anyone to go, and he reportedly died of an overdose Now rapper Bow Wow has spoken out about his own addiction to syrup, which has become a major problem in the hip-hop community.

 

Rappers and Xans and Lean

A lot of rappers have been indulging in a lethal combination of xans (aka Xanax), and lean. Lean is also called syrup, which is a combination of promethazine, codeine and soda.

 

These days there are rappers who are very openly anti-drug, like Russ, who wore a t-shirt on stage that read: “How much Xans and Lean do you have to do before you realize you’re a f-king loser?”

 

While Russ got some blowback from this, he refused to back down on his message, tweeting, “If I stopped ONE kid from abusing xans or lean, mission accomplished…better than getting ONE kid to try that s—t. Period. Doing xanax and lean cuz your favorite rapper makes it sound cool is all fun and games till your impressionable ass gets addicted. Stop.”

 

A lot of hip-hop artists have been open about drug and alcohol abuse in recent years, and lately a number of rappers who suffered from addiction have been speaking out. In the wake of Miller’s death, several hip-hop artists have also spoken out about the importance of recovery and rehabilitation as well.

 

Bow Wow’s Anti-Addiction Tweets

When Miller died, Bow Wow spoke out about addiction in a series of tweets. He admitted he was downing the syrup “every day” before he stopped, and he tweeted, “To the youth- Stop with these dumba –drugs. I’m going to let something out. When I worked on [the] FACE OFF album, I was high off lean everyday! When yall saw me on BET going off on torae I was high off lean. My attitude [towards] everything changed.”

 

Foxnews also reports that one time Bow Wow wound up in the hospital, and he tweeted, “I never felt a pain like that ever. It was summer but I was walking around with 3 hoodies because I was so cold. I missed the Chicago show of that tour Baltimore show BECAUSE I WAS F-HIGH AND SICK!!! That s— is not cool and I was doing it to be cool!”

 

Bow Wow finally told his fans, “Kick that s—! Be a good son or daughter. Be the best you. Ima start being more vocal. We gotta save the youth from going out early. Parents watch your kids. Explain to them. We want yall to live man. I almost died f——- with syrup. DRUG FREE IS THE WAY TO BE!”

 

Mac Miller’s Fight

Before he died, Miller spoke about his struggles with addiction. He admitted that he started abusing drugs at the age of 15, and like a lot of rappers, he abused lean. “I had a homie that had strokes and s–t, and we didn’t know if it was because of lean,” Miller recalled. “I wouldn’t be surprised. Drugs are dangerous, dude.” (Miller also confessed that he used promethazine and cocaine, and he was busted for a DUI earlier this year.)


Rapper Lil Xan just said in an interview that Miller’s death made him want to quit music altogether, but you get the impression he wants to keep fighting his own demons and keep going. Xan is also hoping to get sober and stay sober in the wake of Miller’s passing. “I just want to be off everything,” he recently said. “I want to be like a normal person.”