Yelawolf has been sidelined for the past few weeks due to a ruptured spleen — an injury he sustained while stage-diving at a show in Madison, Wisconsin. Though he was rushed to the hospital with internal bleeding and ultimately forced to cancel his tour, the Shady Records rapper has since returned to his feet and spoke with Rhyme & Reason magazine about his health while visiting Australia.
"It started in Los Angeles when I jumped out of some rafters," Yelawolf said, tracing the history of his spleen troubles. "I jumped out, stage-dived, and landed on someone’s head. Come to find a month later that I broke their nose... I might have ruptured my spleen then."
It wasn't until Madison, however, that a separate incident did him in. "I jumped into the crowd and I think I hit my back right on the button. It popped and I had internal bleeding and it ruptured my spleen," Yelawolf said.
"I knew something was wrong immediately," he continued. "The pain was crazy and I was rushed to the hospital. I spent a couple days in the ICU and then a couple more days in the hospital. It was serious. I signed some serious paperwork over to the team of surgeons and s--t. But I recovered without having my spleen removed. I had to cut my tour off though."
Having come through to the other side, the Radioactive rapper is taking it easy, but don't expect him to mellow out too much.
"I’d say these last two weeks have been pretty surreal, sitting in ICU with those f----n' plugs hooked up to my body, and signing papers that say 'If you die, we're not responsible.' It put my life in check."
"I'm not gonna promise that I'm never gonna [stage dive] again," he added. "Just not for now."
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