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In the News: Wu Tang Rapper Cuts Off Penis: Were Synthetic Drugs Involved?

Andre Johnson — who’s known by his rap persona Christ Bearer — took drastic measures in the early morning hours on Wednesday, in an apparent suicide attempt.

In the past, Johnson has been affiliated with iconic rap group the Wu-Tang Clan; a member of the rap group Northstar that was discovered by Wu-Tang member the RZA back in 1998. The producer backed the duo for their 2004 debut album, “RZA Presents Northstar.”

So, what exactly happened? Apparently, Johnson cut off his, uh ‘johnson’ before jumping from the balcony of his second-floor North Hollywood apartment in what seems to be a bizarre suicide attempt. Emergency workers found Johnson laying on the ground in a pool of blood. The rapper was then rushed to was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he remained in critical condition.

The severed penis was also transported to the hospital but doctors were unable to reattach it. Johnson is now in stable condition.

A report says that Johnson’s neighbors witnessed Johnson get back on his feet after jumping from his balcony a little before 1 AM. It was also reported by neighbors that there weren’t “any hard drugs that would cause him to do such a thing” around in the apartment.

Could designer drugs be to blame?

This story sounds oddly familiar. Back in January, we wrote an article on a similar chain of events that occurred in the UK and involved a college student and the designer drug, mephedrone. Known as meow meow on the street,  it’s been described as having similar affects as Ecstasy and cocaine. In that tragic story, the 19-year-old student, high on meow meow, stabbed his mother before cutting off his penis and then possibly attempted to jump from a window, as he was found hanging outside of one when authorities arrived on scene. In that case, both parties survived and doctors were successful at re-attaching his penis.

Wu-Tang Affiliation

Since establishing the Wu-Tang Clan in 1993, RZA and his nine-man crew have added dozens of rappers to the family.

Johnson was recently released from jail but no longer makes music with the RZA or any of the Wu-Tang Clan. RZA seemed to make it a point that he was no longer affiliated with Johnson: “Christ Bearer is a part of the West Coast Killa Beez, a bunch of young guys that was signed to our company 10 years ago. Wu-Tang, we’re from the East Coast. But we did invest in some young guys to try and help any ‘hood. He was a guy from the ‘hood that we gave a shot. I don’t make music with him nowadays. But the story — what he did — is incredible. That sh*t sound mythical.”

“It’s sad that [the story is] Wu-Tang affiliated. It’s like dirty press in a way,” RZA told in an interview the day after the incident. “I want to know what the f— moved him to do those things.”

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