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Bow Wow opens up about his past drug addiction

Rapper talks about the worst period of his life
Bow Wow at The Millennium Tour in Milwaukee (Photo by Nagashia Jackson for rolling out)

Bow Wow is being very open and honest about his past drug addiction and how it almost cost him his life.

During a recent appearance on “The Art of Dialogue” YouTube channel, the rapper born Shad Moss admits his preference for the recreational drug known as lean and/or sizzurp.

“I was on lean. I was sipping so much syrup,” the rapper admits. “I was drinking that s— like crazy. If you go back and watch “The Road to Platinum” series on BET, you’ll see so many white styrofoam cups. I was losing my f—— mind. That lean s— had me f—– up. I was just always irritated.”

The 36-year-old artist then went on to detail the incident that scared him straight and set him on the road to recovery.

“We were on our tour, I was co-headlining with Chris Brown and the opening night was in Cincinnati. And when I got off stage, I collapsed,” he remembers. “I went straight to Cincinnati University Hospital. My stomach was so f—– up that I ended up going back home to Atlanta after the first show.”

“I’m sitting in the hospital not knowing what the f— going on, and when I get back home and the s— gets worse,” he continued. “I’m throwing up, I’m shivering in the bed, I’m sweating, I’m going through it. I didn’t know I was having withdrawals. That’s how much lean I was consuming.”

Bow Wow’s abrupt exit from the tour was the subject of numerous rumors and music industry speculation and the “Like You” rapper believes his image would have been ruined if not for the savvy work of his late publicist.

“I had to get right, man. God rest her soul,” he exclaimed. “I had the best publicist ever, Pattie Webster. She put out a press release [that said I dropped out of the tour] for dehydration. Wasn’t no dehydration; I was f—– up off lean … That’s just good PR. We didn’t want the world to know that 18, 19-year-old Bow was heavy on the drank.”

The proud father of two is happy that the episode is behind him and has sworn off hard drugs. Though admitting to indulging in a little “tequila and weed” now and again, but nothing stronger.

“I know my boundaries,” he insists.

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