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Bow Wow Reveals He Almost Died from Drugs in the Past

By JaVonni Brustow / Published on Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018 08:24 AM / No Comments
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Days after rapper Mac Miller overdosed, Bow Wow has weighed in sharing his experiences with drugs. He spent time on Monday tweeting about his lean addiction and his struggles with sobriety. We’ve discussed lean plenty here because a number of rappers have both popularized it as well as ended up having seizures from it. Lil Wayne’s had planes grounded from him drinking lean. People were saying they didn’t expect him to live that long just a couple years ago. And for those who don’t know, lean is a purple drink mixture consisting of prescription strength cough syrup, soft drinks and hard candy like a jolly rancher thrown in it for flavor.

Bow Wow revealed it was in 2007 he first started toying with lean when he recorded the Face Off album with Omarion saying “I was high off lean everyday,” he admitted. “When yall saw me on BET going off on torae i was high off lean. My attitude everything changed. My fans started to…Turn on me my family too.”


If anyone remembers the 2007 Bow Wow, he was getting involved in these absolutely ridiculous beefs having public outbursts, threatening people on social media and everything back then. For him to claim it was drugs makes complete sense because whatever it was, he was definitely off. It at least takes some steam out of the long rumor that he and Omarion were secretly dating.

He went on to say the UCP tour with Chris Brown, he was sipping lean “at least seven times a day.” It only stopped after was sent to the hospital in Cincinnati. “I came off stg and passed out woke up in the hospital i was having withdraws,” he recalled. “I never felt a pain like that ever. It was summer but i was walking round with 3 hoodies on because i was so cold. I missed the Chicago show of that tour Baltimore show BECAUSE I WAS F**KING HIGH AND SICK!!!! that s**t is not cool and i was doing it to be cool!”

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In a plea for fans to not make the mistakes he did, he said to make sure you “Kick that sh**.” “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**king with syrup.”

He continued: “DRUG FREE IS THE WAY TO BE! Smarten up tighten up out here. We cant lose no more of you. Not one! I love all yall.”

Bow Wow has been explaining himself for what seems to be a lifetime lately. He became known for the Bow Wow Challenge for lying about being on a jet when he was flying coach, he’s talked about being suicidal and out of it all, after all these years, he’s finally given what seems to be a good, honest explanation about what happened with his career. The year that Bow Wow was at the height of his success, when he really should have been at the top everywhere, he wrecked it being on drugs and never came back. He’s been known to tell so many white lies over the years just trying to keep up with his past success that it never made any sense. At least now we understood. We’re glad to see Bow Wow has sobered up at least and are hoping he stays that way.

About JaVonni Brustow

Urban Conservative, Principal at VM3 Media, Co-Editor-in-Chief of and, Javonni Brustow is a Communications and Media Consultant in Washington, DC with a decade of experience as a seasoned concert producer, marketing expert and brand management expert with multiple news publications. He can be heard LIVE Sundays at 3pm on Popglitz Radio and is a regular on the 'Did She Say That' Breitbart Radio Show with Sonnie Johnson. Inquiries: