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Erik Sermon Suffers a Heart Attack: Why Unhealthy Habits Are Destroying the Hip-Hop Generation

Heavy D’s untimely death shocked the hip-hop community last week. On Saturday,  another hip-hop legend suffered a health related incident that could have been fatal. Through his Twitter account, DJ Scratch revealed that Erik Sermon, 42, suffered a heart attack.

“Erik Sermon had a heart attack today. He’s ok but send your prayers,” DJ Scratch Twitted.

Sermon started his career as a member of the group EPMD and later embarked on a solo career and also produced music for top acts in the 1990s.

It’s important for Sermon to have a full recovery, but his health issues should serve as a wake up call to the hip-hop community. In less than 60 days, Sermon, Heavy D, and Rick Ross have all suffered due to health related ailments that could have likely been avoided.

Many hip-hop artists promote the use of marijuana, drinking and living a life of excess through their music. The lack of balance occurs when those artists fail to mention the harm that drugs, alcohol and a constant intake of bad foods can do to the body over a long period of time.

As a result, rappers who should be healthy in their 30s and 40s are dying young or experiencing problems because of how they abused their bodies over the years.

However, there are a few rappers who are promoting healthy lifestyles through music. Stic of Dead Prez recently released a song that encourages exercise  and healthy eating. More hip-hop artists should follow Stic’s lead to save themselves and properly inform the hip-hop generation.–amir shaw

“Back On My Regimen” by Stic of Dead Prez


  1. JAYNE DOH! on November 15, 2011 at 4:28 pm


  2. Dagettoblazta on November 18, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Wtf does weed have to do with? You should talk about fried foods.. greasy ass fried chicken and pork you eating right now… leave the herb alone! 
     You should write about all this Pill Popping and liquor you drinking while you tear the club up … Thats 99% of the garbage on the radio ..

  3. DAGETTOBLAZTA on November 18, 2011 at 10:09 am