Scarface Recovering After Pneumonia Diagnosis

Scarface Recovering After Pneumonia Diagnosis

"It's just God's way of telling me, and my body's way, that I need to slow down," says rapper.

Published July 17, 2015

Scarface opens up about the health scare that forced him into the hospital late last month. The Geto Boys member had some X-rays done and was diagnosed with pneumonia.    

I was really doing bad out on that road, man. Eating truck stop food. I put on like 10 pounds," he said in a Rolling Stone interview. "It's just God's way of telling me, and my body's way, that I need to slow down and really get myself back together before I even consider going back on the road with the Geto Boys again."           

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He got sick from sweating too much on tour, and not “drying off” properly. “Just onstage, offstage, hot, cold, hot, cold. "Right when I got off the stage in Nebraska [on June 21], I was feeling a little funny, man. 'Damn, I'm getting the chills, man. Am I coming down with the flu?' It kind of went away but I started coughing up mucus. The s**t I was coughing up was damn near the color of some good-a** weed, maybe some spinach or something — it was that green.

"At first I thought it was the flu, and then I thought it was a chest cold and then I thought it was asthma,” explained the 44-year-old. “I tried to self-medicate or whatever and that s**t wasn't working. So I went to the doctor and had some blood work done. And some X-rays done on my chest, and found out that I had pneumonia. I have a spot on my lungs. The doctor said it looked suspicious [like] lung cancer. I'm not gonna say I got lung cancer because I don't smoke. So, let's just hope that that came from pneumonia."

By replenishing his body with “tons” of vitamins, Scarface estimates that he’s now about “75 to 80” percent better. 

He plans to drop his Deeply Rooted album September 4, but the Geto Boys reunion LP is another story after their Go Fund Me campaign raised just over $46,000 of the $100,000 goal. "In all honestly, I don't know if that's what the fans actually wanted," he admitted. "I feel like if that's what they wanted, then that's what we'd be doing. ...If talks of doing another Geto Boys album reappears, and that's what the people want, make no mistake about it, I'm down with the people.”

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Written by Latifah Muhammad

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