The "Oops (Oh My)" singer was admitted over blood clots.
R&B singer Tweet has been hospitalized due to blod clots, according to her boyfriend Jamal H. Bryant. The megachurch preacher, who oversees Empowerment Temple in Baltimore, shared the news on his Instagram. “ALERT!!! I need your prayers for @tweet_ She’s been admitted in hospital for blood clots in both lungs & right arm! Doctors can’t trace it but God is a healer! Prayer still works,” he wrote.
Tweet’s daughter Shenice Johnson — who is attempting to launch an R&B career in her own right — also sent out a call for prayers for her mother. “Asking for your prayers. My mom has been admitted into the hospital battling blood clots in her lungs !!!” she wrote on her Instagram. “We are believing God for total recovery! She’s my world and I know she’s in God’s hands !!”
Johnson also shared love for her mother earlier this week. “This woman… she never gets the credit she has deserved over the years !” she wrote. “But she’s always inspiring me even when she’s not even trying!! … I’m so grateful for her support ! One of music’s Gems …. she’s given me the green light to shine.”
Blood clots can be particularly serious if they break off and travel to the lungs. Once in the lungs, they can block blood flow to those vital organs and cause a pulmonary embolism, a dangerous medical event that can lead to death. Specifics are hard to come by in Tweet’s case. The 45-year-old singer is currently hospitalized and no further information is available about her condition.
Tweet began her career as a member of Devante Swing’s Swing Mob collective. She rubbed elbows with many artists who would come to define the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, including Timbaland, Ginuwine and Missy Elliot. While she was a member of failed girl group Sugah, her career kicked off in earnest when she became a featured singer for many of these acts. She started appearing in many of the R&B and rap hybrid hits that became popular around the turn of the century. Her voice was heard all over Missy Elliott’s classic album Miss E…So Addictive.
Tweet got a lot of love for her transgressive and cheeky self-love anthem “Oops (Oh My).” The single off of her debut album Southern Hummingbird went to number one on the Hip-Hop and R&B charts and helped make Tweet into a household name, albeit briefly.
While Tweet has released several albums since her 2002 peak, they have failed to connect on a larger level the way that Hummingbird did. To hear Tweet tell it, the blame falls on mismanagement and a lack of promotion from her labels. She ended her relationship with former manager and current VH1 reality kingpin Mona Scott to jump ship to a label she thought would suit her better in the mid-’00s. However, she left that label for an indie shortly thereafter. Her comeback album Charlene was released last year to little fanfare, in spite of the involvement of long-time friends Missy Elliott and Timbaland.
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