'Sizzurp,' Hip Hop's Deadly Prescription. Why Has It Become So Popular? And Why Can't Rapper's Quit Drinking It? [Video]

 

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With reports circulating that Lil Wayne's recent seizures may have been brought on by a "sizzurp" drinking binge, KTLA takes a look at the concoction that has becomes increasingly popular.

 

"Sizzurp" is cough syrup containing codeine and promethazine. It is known by various names like "lean," purple drank," "drank" and "Texas tea." It is often mixed with Sprite or Mountain Dew, along with pieces of Jolly Rancher candy.

 

 

It originated in Houston, but quickly spread across the country as artists like Three 6 Mafia, Beanie Sigel, 2 Chainz, Weezy, Future, Kreayshawn, Gucci Mane, Drake and others started to glamorize it's use in their songs.

 

Like any other drug, sipping "lean" can have deadly consequences.

 

 

Pimp C and DJ Screw both died after overdosing on the drug.

 

Codeine is in the same class of drug as morphine, people like to take it for getting a body high or a sense of euphoria," Pharmacist Julie Chen told KTLA. “Codeine can kill.”

 

2 Chainz spoke with Vibe in 2011 about his syrup drinking habit.

 

 

"I think people should be very careful because its addictive and can be fatal. You need to be your own individual. People are naturally curious about things but there comes a [point] where you need to let that go and that’s my opinion," Tity Boi said. "I’ve probably been drinking since maybe 2007 so it’s a little different for me because it wasn’t well- known but the truth about promethazine/codeine is that it’s a pharmaceutical drug. No one makes it in a tub or anything .Moderate use is cool but I think that’s hard for people to do that but I definitely don’t promote people using it."

 


Wayne told MTV in 2008 that it's impossible to quit a syrup habit cold turkey.
 

"Do your history, do your research. It ain't that easy — feels like death in your stomach when you stop doing that sh*t," Wayne said at the time. "You gotta learn how to stop, you gotta go through detox. You gotta do all kinds of stuff. Like I said, I'm a selfish-a$$ n*gga. I feel like everything I do is successful and productive. It's gonna be hard to tell me I'm slipping. It's hard to sit and tell a n*gga 'Stop.' 'F*ck, how can we tell this n*ggaa to stop when every f*cking thing he do is successful? This n*gga is making progress. He just went and talked to kids and that sh*t was amazing.' Feel me? So what am I doing wrong?

 

"Let me do me. Everybody's got their thing," he continued with frustration. "Why focus on me? Don't compare me to no one. Don't compare me to no one who has passed, and why they passed. I can walk out this b*tch right now and get hit by a bus. Don't judge me. You wanna judge me, put on a black gown and get a gavel. Get in line with the rest of them that's about to judge me. I got court dates every other month. It's me against the world — that's how I feel."

 

 

Anytime a substance that can be so dangerous is popularized through music or our culture, it becomes something that we need to be very worried about,” DEA Sarah Pullen told KTLA.





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Comment by NEWSKULL on March 19, 2013 at 3:11am
@Juan... That's what I have been saying... 50 is the cleanest rapper out there never used drugs only talk s*** and he is right cauz dude is mentally though enough...
Comment by D.Money on March 19, 2013 at 2:31am
Codeine is a MF! Long story short, it's hard as f*** to get off that drug when takin in mass amounts, prolly in small amounts (average people's tolerance) too. Hook'd for 5yrs and by the blessing of god, 21 days b4 my son came into this world, he gave me the strength to go cold turkey and haven't touch'd a narcotic in 3 1/2yrs. I'm not a Wayne fan by any means!! But Him, Ymcmb artists, Ross, Mmg artists, and a lot more are the reason hip hop
Comment by D.Money on March 18, 2013 at 10:52pm
Codeine is a MF! Long story short, it's hard as f*** to get off that drug when takin in mass amounts, prolly in small amounts (average people's tolerance) too. Hook'd for 5yrs and by the blessing of god, 21 days b4 my son came into this world, he gave me the strength to go cold turkey and haven't touch'd a narcotic in 3 1/2yrs. I'm not a Wayne fan by any means!! But Him, Ymcmb artists, Ross, Mmg artists, and a lot more are the reason hip hop
Comment by ghostface on March 18, 2013 at 1:17pm
Mkj u won't drink that but u drink nutt n butt juice
Comment by M.K.J... on March 18, 2013 at 10:59am
I WOULD NEVER DRINK THAT S***...
Comment by Poobs on March 18, 2013 at 10:26am
man wheres the lean!!!??? lmao
Comment by J-SMOOTH on March 18, 2013 at 9:03am
Man they aint even mention lil flip or z-ro. They ahowed alot of pop p******. They closest they got to the real was triple six cuz they been down with TX and they only mentioned the deaths of DJ Screw and Pimp C. Texas popuylarized it and everybody else took to it after that, N**** I was sippin bacc in 99 and 2000 bacc before the price went up. I dont sip no more and it was not hard to quit like that b**** lil lame was saying. But fucc these roaching azz n***** selling it now they some greedy bastards
Comment by V on March 17, 2013 at 10:45pm
ugh.....i say this having been in texas since '89...we been sippin lean 4 years on top of years on top of some more years...why are people acting like this news is new. most drugs, especially pharmaceuticals, ARE deadly...it's been that way
Comment by Jumbo on March 17, 2013 at 10:11pm
wayne is a ignorant a** n**** smfh !
Comment by juan on March 17, 2013 at 9:25pm
WHAT DOES LIL WAYNE THINK HES SOOOO SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE WITH? BESIDES MUSIC.....EXACTLY TO BE AN ARTIST ITS NOT A NORMAL 9-5, NO DRUG SCREENINGS, NO CERTAIN CRITERIA ECT... SO WITH THAT SAID HIS EXACT WORDS ARE" WHAT AM I DOING WRONG" MOP-HEAD LOOK AT WHAT YOUR GOT THESE YOUNG KIDS DOING AND HOW U PORTRAY YOURSELF. LIFE IS MORE THAN YOU AND YOUR MUSIC DONT GET ME WRONG IM NOT HATER I KNOW MUSIC IS YOUR PASSION AND WHAT "PAYS THE BILLS" BUT C'MON MAN LOOK AT YOURSELF AND HOW THESE ARTIST DIE. I AM A HUGE EMINEM FAN AND THATS ONE GUY THAT LEARNED THE HARD WAY( WELL WITH EVERYTHING) HE ALSO LED A WHOLE GENERATION OF KIDS TO REBEL BUT LOOK AT HIM KNOW YOU COULDNT ASK FOR A BETTER ROLE MODEL....ON THAT NOTE USE YOUR SUCCESS AND MONEY TO PROMOTE GOOD. SORRY TO BRING 50 CENT TO THE PICTURE BUT HERES A GUY WHO CAME UP HARD FULL OF HATRED AND DOES EVEN TOUCH A AN ASPIRIN PILL HE KNOWS HOW YOUNG HE IS AND HOW MUCH MORE HE CAN DO WITH HES LIFE HES ALREADY ACCOMPLISHED MORE THAN MOST SUCCESFUL PPL IN THEIR LIFETIME. NOW THATS BEING SUCCESFUL IN ALL LEVELS( IM NOT EVEN GONNA GO THERE WITH HIS G-UNITY FOUNDATION AND SK ENEGERY DRINKS FEEDING AFRICA) ENOUGH OF 50 AND EM POINT IS U CLAIM TO BE THE BEST RAPPER ALIVE AND SO SUCCESSFUL WELL LOOK AT YOUR COMPETITION YOUR IN LAST PLACE BUDDY...



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