Rap stars who have contracted the coronavirus

Slim Thug

The “Like a Boss” rapper, who was born Stayve Jerome Thomas, did a live interview on Instagram with rolling out and discussed his life since he contracted the coronavirus on March 24. “Check this out. No games being played. The other day I got tested for the coronavirus, and it came back positive,” Thug revealed on IG. “As careful as I been self-quarantined and staying home — I might have went and got something to eat, stayed in my truck, mask, gloves, everything on — my test came back positive.”

YNW Melly

On April 2, YNW Melly announced via Instagram that he contracted the virus while inside a Broward County, Florida, jail where he is awaiting trial for murder. “He’ll be filing a motion for restricted release in hopes of better care due to any jails not being prepared to treat this new virus,” read the post alongside a photo with his family. “He hopes for your support and to recover soon #prayformelly send positive energy to him please.”


Flanked by his bandmate, Willie D from the legendary Geto Boys, Brad Jordan, aka Scarface, announced on March 26 that he had the virus. He said he felt he was at death’s door after multiple trips to the hospital. “It started off with pneumonia in both of my lungs, and three or four days later my kidneys failed,” he said. “I’ve been to the point where I felt I was gonna die.”

DJ Black N Mild

The New Orleans DJ and radio personality left work for the last time March 9 and announced he had “pneumonia not the flu.” Tragically, it turns out he had coronavirus and succumbed to complications from the respiratory illness 10 days later.

Others who have announced they contracted COVID-19 include actor and deejay Idris Elba and DJ Webstar.

In the video below, DJ Webstar describes how he learned he contracted COVID-19 and offers advice to the rest of us.

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