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Fans are concerned for Atlanta rapper Lil Baby's health after viral video shows him jerking uncontrollably during a radio interview. The "Perfect Timing" rapper exhibited involuntary jerking movements of his head and upper torso during a recent interview with Atlanta's Hot 107.9.

A loyal reader sent in the video, saying she believed the 24-year-old rapper was on illegal drugs. But it appears that the rapper may be displaying signs of Tourette's syndrome.

Tourette's syndrome is a neuro disorder, characterized by involuntary motor tics and/or vocal tics. The tics are typically preceded by an unwanted urge or sensation in the affected muscles.

According to the Tourette Association of America, individuals with Tourette's have had at least two motor tics and at least one vocal/ phonic tic in some combination over the course of more than a year.

The large motor tics can include facial grimacing, jaw movements, head bobbing/jerking, shoulder shrugging, neck stretching, and arm jerking - all of which are displayed in this video taken by Hot 107.9.

The exact cause of tics is unknown. Medications such as risperidone (Risperdal), haloperidol (Haldol), pimozide (Orap) and fluphenazine (Prolixin) can be used to alleviate the symptoms. The antihypertensive agents clonidine (Catapres) can also be used to treat tics.

Antidepressants including fluoxetine (Prozac), sertraline (Zoloft), and fluvoxamine (Luvox) may be prescribed for patients who also have symptoms of obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD).

A blogger's email to quality Control Records for comment was not returned.

This has been your Medical Minute.

More Info On the Web

What is Tourette syndrome - Tourette Association of America

Tourette syndrome - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic

Tourette's Syndrome - WebMD


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  • Nina Ross

    Risperdal is a anti-psychotic drug... they give it to people that hear voices

  • SandraRose

    Not everyone who takes Risperdal hears voices, hun.

  • bbjuarez

    It can be used for tourette's as well.

  • therealashland

    Could it be to much lean? I mean isn’t lean the new crack,...

  • SaltineCrackers

    Yup definitely looks like tourretts. Sandy do you know if the physical nature of the ticks are exhausting?

  • SandraRose

    It depends on the duration, intensity and frequency of the tics.

  • SandraRose

    I don't think so. This looks like Tourette's.

  • SaltineCrackers

    OT: Eff Disqus.

  • SaltineCrackers

    OK. There's a documentary of a British girl with severe tourettes, her ticks were so bad her parents had to basically sit on her so she wouldn't harm herself, I was tired as hell by the time the show was over so I can only imagine how exhausting it is for the patient.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    I don't know this young man, but am glad to see him pressing through it.

  • ohplease

    I wonder if weed would help. Would it?

  • Nina Ross

    But you do acknowledge that it’s a anti-psychotic used to treat schizophrenia...

  • SandraRose

    It is a drug used to treat a variety of mental/emotional/mood disorders. Not just schizophrenia.

  • blue skies

    that ninja needa go to rehab

  • Kayke

    Yes. I’ve seen document cases of Tourette’s controlled by Cannabis

  • blue skies


  • Beloved Jordan

    Who wants a poll: is it Touretts or that street drug that make your body jerk, flip n ish. I say drugs?I've seen videos

  • Blaque Mahogany

    So now I feel bad because I read the headline and laughed immediately bc I thought Sandra was being her normal shady self.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    What's the name of the street drug, I want to YT videos.

  • Coy little wink

    Shole do

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    First, put down th syrup concoction. Im going to try to be a yes man, get a job working for a celebrity and do nothing when they need help.

  • Facts and Receipts

    Which out here in the pharmaceutical world is called being multi indicational. People dont understand that bc you are on say Cymbalta for depression/MDD its also a drug for arthritis

  • Nik

    I could be wrong but that looks like Tourette's to me based on someone I know who actually has it.

  • Nik

    Like the bad drugs Smokey from Friday had when he was in the chicken cage.

  • Facts and Receipts

    He supposedly is drug free since April. From lean. Blessings to him. He cited bc of his health then so might really have tourettes. Either way I wont judge bc addiction IS an illness too.

  • Nik

    Smokey lost his damn mind! But for real, I think this guy actually has Tourette's. Either way, I hope he gets the help he needs.

  • Nik

    Supposedly stimulant drugs cause tics. Don't know any names but these days people putting all kinds of fertilizer and embalming fluid in stuff, people think they're smoking weed and they are smoking explosives.

  • SandraRose

    Right. I take Spiro, but not for heart disease or kidney failure or what it was intended for. I take Spiro to keep hair on my head. ??????

  • SandraRose

    I would never joke around about a serious neurological disorder.

  • leapyearpisces

    I thought I heard him say something about tics???? He ain't gurnin or anything, It seems as if it is really a health problem. Maybe it's a different form of a seizure. Ion know.
    In other news, I am SO FREAKING TIRED OF THE "BABY SISTER OF THE WORLD" ( i.e., the abc gang) acting like their pain, their hurt, their struggles, their self acceptances", their highs, their lows are the ONLY ONES THAT MATTER. I AM SO FUGGING OVER IT. I got love for mostly everyone, but DAMN society acts as if heterosexuals ain't had things we've had to overcome, and I PROMISE YOU that most were deeper, than a lot of things SOME homosexuals have been through. I guarantee if I would finally sit my azz down and write my life story, that shat would FLY OFF the shelves, and I am not the only one either. Imma leave this comment alone for now until Sandra post about the MTV Awards tomorrow. #notangryjustannoyed

  • speakinmymind

    Right. I had a pinched nerve and was prescribed Gabapentin which is also an anti-seizure drug.

  • dontgetblocked

    I went to a chiropractor and he relieved my sciatic nerve in two visits.

  • dontgetblocked

    If he has other health issues, he better leave that lean alone.

  • Juliaquan C Spain

    Clearly something wrong here and I hope that he gets guidance that is needed of luck he such a young guy.

  • Traci404


  • disqus_TrCUDzOzuG

    My younger brother has it but he's been able to control it. It was really bad when he was younger. He use to make barking noises and make sudden movements right in the middle of a conversation.

  • Calikush

    ?I’ono know about no tourette’s.... but he might be a rock star. His lips do look a lil pookie-ish. IJS.....?????

  • davine puddin

    Billie Eilish has tourettes syndrome too...

  • CookieMobster

    Hey So ???? I tide of this insurance job. When you get on as a yes man, holla at a playa and hook me up with one tew. I can mix their lean up for em and errythang

  • B A B Y ?

    lil baby just be geeked up lol

  • B A B Y ?


  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I'm tired of the victim hood too .... hell I block it .... at this point no one is a victim .... grow up and take responsibility of your shyt instead of woe me ... I feel ya same here ?

  • Shenanigans1

    I hear you but Pee and Coach K need to get him some neurological therapy or meds going to help with that instead of pimping him out to make themselves some more money. He can’t keep doing interviews or even performances like that.

  • Virgoqween

    I can't speak for whats in another person's heart but P imo does seem to really care about/like his artists. I would be surprised if after this they dont get him some serious help.

  • Raquel

    I go with the latter.

  • sunni_daze

    Isn't this the same guy that beats up his fans?

  • ShWa

    Oh wow...

  • Desi

    Media Take Out claims it's drugs.

  • Bossy704

    Nope. That's just a stimulant. He is high.

  • Vonda K

    He’s tweeking. The end!

  • Vonda K

    they might be right!

  • Vonda K

    Why would QC allow him to do interviews in this condition?
    I’m sure he’s watching the video And cringing.

  • Itzgoingdown

    I don't think he has Tourette’s syndrome.

  • Guest

    He has Tourettes.

  • Rere

    Idk what it is but he looks hella crazy

  • TonyOfficial

    No! Lol. That’s Da Baby who beats his fans up. I can’t w these stupid ass names. More proof grown ass black men don’t want to grow tf up! ?????

  • Dowoop

    For once!

  • Nita Pie

    First this interview was done in May 2018. THis man has already came out and talked about how he had a lean habit and how he kicked cold turkey. This possibly was around that time. He just did a breakfast club interview in May also and he cant sit still either and he talks about his habit then. Maybe instead of making fun of him Black twitter can probably help somebody on drugs

  • Nita Pie

    It was a learning experience. QC real guys, they rallied around him hard last year and beginning of this year

  • TheFlow


  • Nita Pie

    Right he talks about his habit and how he kicked it and this video is form May 2018 it not recent he good.

  • Razy te chill

    If it’s drugs then he need to get help...but if it is Tourette’s then I’m proud of him pushing his dream even though he deals with a disability....

  • Chipswife

    That's the side effects of that cough syrup he drinking or trying to kick the habit!

  • sunni_daze

    It's all very confusing.

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    Great to hear that he kicked his habit. That damn syrup will shut your organs completely down. Thats why Wayne has seizures etc.

  • Yup, I said it

    He looks Rere, you say? ? Sorry I had too do it. I couldn't help myself.

  • Rere

    ??? anytime, anytime

  • Sweet Black Cherri

    Exact same thing I said! That's long term exposure to Lean

  • Li-Wright

    Another rapper I never heard of. .... WTF? Is everybody a rapper these days?
    I pray for our kids. You ask them, what do you want to be when you grow up? and they all say rapper.

  • Dahl

    I Iike Lil Baby. This could also be Parkinson’s. I have a friend that has it and makes jerky moves, it’s not always shakes. But I think it drugs...????

  • Look@m3

    ...or Lean. But carry on....

  • Look@m3

    LMAO I just said this...or crack. I have seen this jerk with crack heads too. WHo knows...drugs period.

  • B.Loveitt

    Looks just like one of my students. Adrenaline rush, stress anxiety and thrown of usually schedule can cause stimming.

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    How do even get romantic with someone like that yet alone make love with them

  • Man Listen

    My uncle Tony be jerking like this... but he can clean a car without water soooo?????ion know

  • SumthinSweeter


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  • onelove

    God Bless him

  • SandraRose

    Tourette's doesn't occur every day. They can go days, weeks or months without showing any signs of Tourette's.