Chief Keef is one to rarely show emotion in the public eye. But Sosa’s music serves as a chance to give listeners a look at what he sees through his eyes.
Sosa gets personal on his drug use in song “Blew My High,” which appears on “Almighty So” mixtape.
He raps, “I gotta get high to balance my low.”
Drugs and depression are commonly linked. Drugs are a temporary fix to boost self-esteem and make a person feel normal.
It is no telling what age Sosa was when he began dabbling in drugs. Sosa hails from Englewood, Chicago, a community stricken with drugs.
This stream of drugs into Chicago’s inner city communities can be attributed to Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera.
Guzman, who operates the Sinaloa Drug Cartel, floods the streets of Chicago with 80 percent of the h-----, c------, marijuana and methamphetamine, according U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration as reported by Business Insider. The drugs have a street value of $3 billion.
Guzman is reported to be based in the Sierra Madre of northern Mexico.
Chief Keef’s rise to fame and riches only would’ve magnified his past problems and allowed him to do more of his favorite drugs. Fame and money would have additionally given Sosa more access to different kinds of drugs.
But Chief Keef is not a fan of Molly.
“Chief Keef Don’t Do Molly #Nbs,” he once wrote on Twitter.
Molly is a powdered or crystallized form of MDMA. When induced, it produces euphoria and stimulates the sensory organs. The street version of the drug is usually never pure and laced with unsafe chemical products.
Sosa’s drugs of choice, however, are marijuana and Lean.
Chief Keef was sentenced to serve 90 days in a drug rehabilitation center after he tested positive for marijuana, a direct violation of his probation.
Sosa has since entered the Promises Treatment Center’s high-cost, for-profit treatment program. Several notable celebrities have entered the drug-treatment, including Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears.
Sosa will spend his first 30 days in the facility. He will be able to work following that phase depending on his 30-day progress report, the Chicago Tribune reports.
A recent photo surfaced showing Chief Keef enjoying what looks like Lean may extend his stay at the facility.
A bottle of Sprite and a cup of purple liquid are seen in the IG post. Sosa wrote a smiley face in the photo’s caption.
Lean is a drink concoction made of promethazene-codeine cough syrup, Sprite and Jolly Rancher candy.
Lean, often called “Sizzurp” or “Purple Drank” has its origins in the South after Houston producer DJ Screw popularized the beverage.
Lean, when induced, provides its user a sedated feeling. Long-term use can have deadly side effects.
DJ Screw was found dead Nov. 16, 2000 in his studio following an overdose from a combination of Lean and drugs. A toxicology report found codeine, Valium and PCP in his system.
In September, Gucci Mane revealed he was battling an addiction to Lean following an infamous Twitter rant. Gucci later professed he would be entering rehab.
Gucci, whose birth name is Radric Davis, apologized to family and fans for his actions, saying he was “embarrassed.”
“Woke up the other day out this hospital bed & I’m so embarrassed & ashamed of my behavior that was brought to my attention. (Cont)
“I just wanna man up right now & take this time to apologize to my family, friends, the industry & most of all my fans. I’m SORRY! (Cont)
“I’ve been drinking lean for 10plus years & I must admit it has destroyed me. I wanna be the first rapper to admit (cont)
I’m addicted to lean & that s--- ain’t no joke. I can barely remember all the things I’ve done & said. However there’s no excuse. (Cont)
I’m currently incarcerated but I will be going to rehab because I need help. I wanna thank everyone that has stood by me (cont)
during this difficult time. Please keep me in your prayers. #GUWOP
Lil Wayne suffered complications from long-term lean use of the beverage. He was rushed to the hospital in March after suffering multiple seizures.
Dr. George Fallieras, an emergency room physician and hospitalist at Good Samaritan Hospital, said codeine is an “opiate” and is in the “same family of drugs as h----- and morphine,” according to the Los Angeles Times.
Fallieras commented codeine addiction is the same as h----- addiction, only without the needles. This is due to the large amounts of codeine Lean drinkers induce.
He further said it is difficult to overcome Lean addiction and likened codeine withdrawal to the worst flu possible.
“One patient said to me, ‘Imagine the worst flu when you’re shivering, you’re vomiting, you can’t eat, you have diarrhea, every atom in your body hurts, you can’t sleep, you lie on the floor just shivering … and multiply that times a million,’” Fallieras told the Times. “And you know if you can just take the pill or inject yourself with h-----, that it just all goes away.”
One of the many remedies to battling drugs and depression is recreational activities and a good support system from family and loved ones. Many artists have found music to be great therapy.
Chief Keef is currently prepping the release of his much-anticipated mixtape “Bang 3.”
Listen to snippets of Chief Keef’s “Bang 3” tracks below
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