XXXTentacion paid him a visit
Fredo Santana is in the hospital after his liver and kidneys failed, according to a post by the rapper on his Instagram. In the short clip, taken from Fredo’s perspective in the hospital bed, we can see the room he’s staying in as well as XXXTentacion visiting him.
“Been in here since Friday. Doctor say a n*gga had kidney failure and liver failure I’m getting back to normal,” he wrote in the caption. “Sorry to all my fans. Turbo Bandana will not be dropping tomorrow due to my health issues. Thanks for everyone who prayed for a n*gga. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy.”
Bandana was meant to be his latest mixtape, a collaborative effort with his cousin and fellow drill rapper Chief Keef. However, his hospitalization has led to that project being delayed while he recuperates.
Many in the comments were quick to blame Fredo’s hospitalization on heavy drug use, particularly lean or prescription-strength cough syrup. Regular abuse of codeine cough syrup can wreak havoc on the kidney and liver, exacerbate epilepsy, cause seizures, or cause death if the active drug depresses the central nervous system.
The drug has caused several notable deaths in the hip-hop community, particularly in the areas around Houston, Texas where it was first popularized. DJ Screw — who made his name by slowing down rap songs in a way that’s said to mimic the effects of the drug — died of an overdose from cough syrup in 2000. The rapper Pimp C died seven years later in similar circumstances.
Passing the Torch?
The presence of XXXTentacion in Fredo’s hospital room is notable both for its small-world vibes and its aptness. X is one of the most visible buzzing rappers riding a wave that can trace its roots back to both the cough-syrup-influenced psychedelia of Houston and the harsh, online rise of Fredo and his drill contemporaries.
Houston’s druggy haze was one of the building blocks for the spaced-out and odd sonics that can be found in just about any work from the most recent wave of South Florida Soundcloud rappers. X, in particular — with his blown-out, punk rock singles and gleeful aggression — owes a debt to the back-to-basics aesthetics and dead-eyed violence of Chicago’s drill scene that bubbled up at the beginning of the decade.
Fredo’s brush with death might put him in the mood to work with the young rapper, who likes to paint his short songs in heavy-handed strokes of midnight black.
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This is all speculation though. Fredo needs to get up out of the hospital bed and promote his canned project before we hear anything new. It may be unfair to call this near death experience a baton-passing, but possibly a more obvious torch-pass could be coming in the near future if these two are hanging around each other.
Check out the Instagram clip up top. What do you think? Is there a chance Fredo gets scared straight? Are we in line for a spooky-as-hell single from X and Fredo? Sound off in the comments and don’t forget to SHARE this article.