The story of Wu-Tang affiliated rapper Andre Johnson, who goes by Christ Bearer, is still fresh in our minds. The former member of Wu subset the Killa Bees castrated himself and then jumped from his second floor balcony in an attempt to end his own life. His former producer RZA has finally broken his silence on the matter.
In an interview with XXL Magazine, RZA described the turn of events as tragic and talked about how the incident will affect Johnson’s family.
“Christ Bearer is a tragic story because it’s still the same situation: a guy we gave a chance to. If I remember that deal back in the day, I remember they signed for, like, $150,000, a record deal from some young guys from Long Beach, Cali. He had a partner named Meko. I liked those guys. I liked what they stood for, young guys trying,” RZA stated. “I can’t wait to really hear the whole story. It’s sad that it’s Wu-Tang affiliated. It’s like dirty press in a way. I want to know what the fuck moved him to do those things.”
The rapper/producer went on to say, “I feel sad for his family. I know he has children…I thought he was a smarter guy than a guy who would do something crazy like that. But at the same time, he been in jail recently, he’s been in trouble. Maybe he’s mentally unstable. Maybe the mental health system should have took a look at him and said, ‘You know what? We got to hold on to this guy for a little longer.’ Because it’s not any sanity; even if you high, this shit don’t sound sane. This sounds more than high. It sound like mental problems or something that was bothering this man’s mind, and he needed help. It’s sad. I send my respect out to his family.”
Johnson, who is currently listed in stable condition, had been reaching to RZA since he got out of prison recently, but haven’t been in the studio together in several years. The Wu-Tang Killa Bees album “The Swarm” was released in 1998.
We’ll have to wait until Andre Johnson decides to give his side of the story to get a complete picture of how one could be driven to this point.
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