Friday, July 22, 2011

Scarface: A Bipolar Rapper

Before Bipolar Disorder became a well known condition, the rapper Scarface came out and talked about his own Bipolar Disorder on his debut album titled "Mr. Scarface Is Back" (1991).  He talked about his Bipolar Disorder, also known as Manic Depression, in the song "Born Killer" in the lines, "I'm legally insane, marked manic depressive, I'm takin all types a medication, to keep me out the mood of premeditatin", and "My whole life's been a see saw, I'm up one day, down and out on tomorrow".  Scarface also has lines about not being able to sleep, being suicidal, and be being cold hearted in the song.  This past spring, the book "Dirty South: OutKast, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, And The Southern Rappers Who Reinvented Hip Hop" was released.  I came upon an article, titled  "Scarface's Mental Health Issues Profiled In Excerpt From New Book On Southern Rap" by Andres Vasquez, that talks about how about Scarface's mental health, and how the book talks about it. An excerpt from the book tells how Scarface attempted suicide and was hospitalized; "he attempted suicide by slitting his wrists with a razor blade when he was twelve or thirteen. Before long he was shuttled off to the mental health ward at Houston International Hospital, where he was plied with lithium and antipsychotic drugs.". Scarface came back to have a successful career despite his Bipolar Disorder. He is just one example of the many artists who have Bipolar Disorder, and have been successful despite it.  

For more music about Bipolar Disorder, check out my posts below.

Songs That People With Bipolar Disorder or Depression Can Relate To

Songs That People With Bipolar Disorder Can Relate To

More Songs That People With Bipolar Disorder Can Relate To

Here Are Some More Songs That People With Bipolar Disorder Can Relate To

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