Hip-Hop And Mental Health: From Kid Cudi To DMX, 5 Rappers Battling Depression And Mental Illness
This article has been re-shared from it’s original source, IBTimes.com
On Oct. 4, rapper and singer Kid Cudi took to Facebook to announce that he would be taking time off from music and would check himself into rehab for depression.
“It’s been difficult for me to find the words to what I’m about to share with you because I feel ashamed. Ashamed to be a leader and hero to so many while admitting I’ve been living a lie,” Cudi wrote.
It’s the word “ashamed” that stands out in Cudi’s open letter. While the artist shouldn’t have to feel ashamed or embarrassed about his mental health, he and many other people in this world are and don’t seek help for their issues.
Mental health is often a topic that is taboo for many especially in the minority community. According to a report from The Nation’s Health, “racial and ethnic minorities — as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people — face greater mental health risks and burden of the disorders because of disparities working against them.”
While celebrities such as Owen Wilson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Demi Lovato have all made their stints in rehab public, the rap world has never seen someone be so upfront with their issues the way Cudi has. Although Cudi may be the first rapper to make his stay at rehab for mental health public, he is not alone in his battle with depression or other mental disorders.
Like Cudi, rapper Joe Budden has been open about his battles with depression, even going as far as rapping about it in his songs. “Tired of being strong, please let me be weak for a minute / Kinda thought that my disease tried to kill your man first,” Budden raps in “Only Human,” one of his most emotional tracks.
But depression isn’t the only problem that affects rappers. Like Budden and Cudi have discussed, suicidal urges are also often a part of depression, something that Bushwick Bill of The Geto Boys fame knows all about. In 1991, after a night of heavy drinking and drug use, the rapper attempted to get his to girlfriend kill him. “When I came home, my girl was asleep so I woke her up and told her to kill me cause I wanted to die, I was tired of my life,” the rapper told radio station KUSF that same year. “I was a homicidal maniac with suicidal tendencies.”
Lil Wayne recently also opened up about an unknown attempted suicide attempt. On a new song with Solange called “Mad,” off of her “A Seat at the Table” album, Weezy raps, “And when I attempted suicide, I didn’t die / I remember how mad I was on that day.”
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