After rapper Mac Miller died on Friday, September 7, of an apparent drug overdose at the age of 26, many other rappers have been stepping forward to discourage children from doing drugs.
Many are even sharing personal anecdotes to try and convince their listeners that drugs have the ability to hurt you in potentially life-threatening ways.
On Monday, September 10, Bow Wow—stage name of Ohio native Shad Moss—took to Twitter to admit that, as a young star, he struggled with lean (cough syrup taken in excess of the recommended amounts, turning it into a recreational drug). He hoped to convince kids of the harmful effects by relaying how it led to some of the most unpleasant moments of his life.
The rap artist stated:
"To the youth- Stop with these dumb ass drugs. I'm going to let something out...."
Bow Wow then gave examples of different incidents where he was using lean.
To the youth- Stop with these dumb ass drugs. Im going to let something out. When me and omarion worked on FACE OFF… https://t.co/qTir0aZ9TA— Bow Wow (@Bow Wow)1536604960.0
Bow Wow said his behavior changed and drove people away.
"My attitude everything changed. My fans started to Turn on me my family too."
Turn on me my family too. I never promoted lean in my songs. The whole time i was on the UCP tour with chris I WAS… https://t.co/cd73Hrb9VB— Bow Wow (@Bow Wow)1536605049.0
What seemed harmless at first quickly became far worse.
"I was addicted until our show in Cincinnati. i came off stg and passed out woke up in the hospital i was having withdrawals. 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 FUCKING HIGH AND SICK!!!!"
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.… https://t.co/VmA31k3NvN— Bow Wow (@Bow Wow)1536605126.0
Now, Bow Wow is trying to make sure no other kids have to go through what he went through and how the affects last forever.
"I almost died fucking with syrup. To this day im affected my stomach will Never be the same and it hasn't been."
Kick that shit! Be a good son or daughter. Be the best you. Ima start being more vocal. We gotta save the youth fro… https://t.co/X8taxTOqTv— Bow Wow (@Bow Wow)1536605205.0
Never be the same and it hasnt been. DRUG FREE IS THE WAY TO BE! smarten up tighten up out here. We cant lose no mo… https://t.co/vkfMjkLcmn— Bow Wow (@Bow Wow)1536605283.0
Go back and watch the face off show BET gave us! Look how dumb i looked. My ranting i was angry every day. They try… https://t.co/LQhzwHagvs— Bow Wow (@Bow Wow)1536605539.0
On Twitter, Bow Wow's followers thanked him for speaking out.
@smoss I don't knw wats fashionable about drugs but its not fun anymore. People die for real. I support you.— I am Lorraine (@I am Lorraine)1536605753.0
@smoss I'm glad u don't do lean anymore— Ms. Poohka (@Ms. Poohka)1536619072.0
@smoss I'm Proud Of You !!,,Amen👏👏👏💯💯✅— Tonja Faulkner (@Tonja Faulkner)1536630144.0
It's time our society makes some changes.
@smoss I work at a juvenile facility that is mostly drug and alcohol based.....its sad seeing what kids are getting… https://t.co/yjlE9BwaqS— Oj nelson (@Oj nelson)1536804209.0
@smoss @vuyomse As long as our role models are still rapping about how great they feel when they are high and peopl… https://t.co/48BaneyH40— Black Dolly (@Black Dolly)1536606261.0
Now, thankfully, Bow Wow is doing much better!
@enews I'm glad you are better now. addiction is rough to recover from but once your heads cleared you realize how good you feel.— Frances (@Frances)1536774606.0
@PageSix @RealDLHughley Congratulations for getting clean!!— Donna Pyles (@Donna Pyles)1536855926.0
@PageSix So glad that Shad Moss AKA Bow Wow has the courage & strength of character to address the epidemic of you… https://t.co/T8A78m2pz2— Big Joe Mack (@Big Joe Mack)1536857705.0
@enews Life can be tough bow. God bless you. Proud of you.— Mr. Nightingale (@Mr. Nightingale)1536868102.0
Bow Wow is hoping all his fans will take his advice and stay away from drugs—they have taken friends of his and he never wants to see that again.
@TMZ @FoxNews Much support to @smoss for sharing his story. I was really concerned about his suicidal behavior and… https://t.co/SF6jqQfeFr— Ram-Z (@Ram-Z)1537063555.0
@smoss Thank you for this BW— Mᴇsʜᴀ🎎 (@Mᴇsʜᴀ🎎)1536605249.0
@smoss It takes a lot to admit your struggles in recovery and addiction— Patrick Tyler (@Patrick Tyler)1536734456.0