Shad Moss, aka Bow Wow, revealed that he was once addicted to the same powerful opioid that deceased rapper Mac Miller admitted being addicted to. Miller, real name Malcolm McCormick, died of a heart attack on Friday, Sept. 7.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, Bow Wow claimed he drank "Lean" 7 times a day while on tour with Chris Brown in 2007-2008.

Lean -- also known as purple drank and sizzurp -- is a homemade brew of codeine (a powerful cough suppressant and pain killer) mixed with grape soda and hard candy.

"I was addicted until our show in Cincinnati. i came off [stage] and passed out woke up in the hospital i was having withdraws [sic]," he tweeted.

Bow Wow's tweets shocked no one. The former child rapper previously admitted he was a substance abuser and alcoholic.

Some people are naturally predisposed to addictive behavior due to genetics (it runs in the family) or personality traits. Genetics predisposes children of addicted parents to addictive behavior.

An "addictive personality" is not a true medical or psychological term. It simply means someone who is more easily influenced to addictive behavior than normal people.

The following traits are more common in people who have addictive personalities.
Impulsive Behavior

People with addictive personalities exhibit erratic behavior with little thought of the consequences of their actions. For example, Bow Wow is extremely impulsive on social media. He says and does the first thing that comes to mind, without thinking of the consequences of his actions.
Attention-Seeking Behavior

It can be argued that most people who spend 8 hours or more a day on social media have addictive personalities. Those hours can be spent actively participating by posting photos or clicking photos of others, as well as passively reading other people's posts on social media.

Difficulty Committing to a Goal

Addictive personalities have trouble committing to goals or relationships. Their family and friends may wonder why they are single. On the outside they seem to have it all, but they are a mess on the inside. They turn to drugs and alcoholic to cope with their inability to commit.
Stress and Anxiety

People who have addictive personalities tend to have higher levels of stress and anxiety than normal people. It is believed that they deal with stress and anxiety by self-medicating with drugs or alcoholic.
Low Self-Esteem

People with low self-esteem often self-medicate with certain drugs that boost their self-confidence and make them feel omnipotent (more powerful).
Negative Self-Image

Addictive personalities have a negative self-image, regardless of how beautiful or talented they are. They never see themselves as the world does. They turn to drugs mask the emptiness they feel inside.
Risk-Taking Behavior

Addictive personalities always take risks with their health and physical well-being. They are often hospitalized with broken bones or other accidental injuries from their compulsive need to seek out new experiences. When the "newness" of the risky behavior is gone, they turn to drugs.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Addicts usually suffer from one or more psychological illnesses, such as obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder or depression.
Loneliness, Apathy, Disconnected

Addictive personalities tend be loners who feel disconnected from the world. Even popular people, such as celebrities, can be loners who get high to mask their feelings of loneliness and disconnection.
Hypochondriac, Neurosis

We all know someone who calls out sick from work or school more often than normal. A hypochondriac is someone who fears they have a serious illness. Their belief causes them to worry excessively. Many hypochondriacs struggle with drug and alcohol addiction.
Criminal Behavior

Addictive personalities will turn to a life of crime to keep their drug supply from running out. They are impulsive and lack self-control. They rarely think about the consequences of their criminal behavior.

If you believe you (or someone you know) have an addictive personality disorder, talk to your doctor or health care provider who will refer you to a mental health specialist.


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  • Rayne

    I just think the boy is a compulsive liar ?

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond
  • RaginB

    He was drinking lean 7 times a day....passed out and woke up in the hospital and was already having withdrawals.... already?...? He just want attention.

  • EasyBreezy

    Bow Wow who?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Good write up ... I'm not sure what your vendetta is about CB ... but you're so wrong about him ... and every one has a past . and when growth takes place ya can't hold them to that ... Bruh built tough skin to handle the slander you blogs give him ... and a hard worker and still accomplishes his career goals no matter what folks say ... I admire that ...shows growth and strength .... especially when folks hold you to BS from the past... nevertheless ... good write up .... this raises awareness ..... I'm surprised social media is not listed up there .... Instagram, fb, twitter

  • Miss Thang

    There's a lot wrong with Bow Wow. Honestly, IMHO, being addicted to Lean would be towards the bottom of the list of what's wrong with him.

  • Kimocha

    It's so sad that so many people are so insecure that they feel like they have to be high to get by.... And as we all know... Cocaine makes EVERYBODY think they the ISHT!... That false sense of security ain't no joke.... And we learning that more and more of these celebrities don't really believe their own hype.... It's the drugs and alcohol that be talking for them.... SMDH!

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    I do too...he always just comes off as a poser...

  • Brown & Proud

    Sounds like every reality tv star, ig "model", n fb user ever... Sign of the times.

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    thanks for sharing, but i'm a bit skeptical. (that much lean would have done some major damage to his lil self.... he'd be looking for a liver and/or kidney at that rate - but cool story bro.) smh

  • Judi Jupiter

    Bow Wow is still an alcoholic. GuHH showed that...

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    you said Shad tryna #metoo the lean movement, Lol!

  • Soda

    What's the purpose of adding hard candy to the drank, to make it syruppy?

  • datjerk


  • Rayne

    Lmao ??

  • Rayne

    You ever told a fat ass lie and then somebody says me too? That’s him lol

  • Renee26

    Cause they childish lol

  • Renee26

    Thought that was the purpose of the grape soda

  • Soda


  • Renee26

    Another attention seeking story... He just had to make Mac's death about him in some way

    Waaa waaaa waaa U could've been dead too...

  • Soda

    It sounds like a childish concoction. ?

  • ?4FlavorsOfMe ?????CreoleMami?

    Sad never knew that about him... I remember once seeing an episode where his dad was drunk and he said he didnt want anything to do with his dad from past issues... sad situation all together :(

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    i'm skeptical because why wouldn't he have shared the story Before now (so that maybe he'd help prevent someone else from making the same mistake)....but i'm not his internist, so maybe that's his real testimony, Lol

  • Renee26

    Hence "the bow wow challenge"

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!


    (I work with a chick like that... if you lost your wallet, SHE would suddenly remember she'd been robbed at gunpoint, smh)

  • Renee26

    He FOS

  • Renee26

    Very... I wonder who came up with it

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!


    (so you don't believe him?) LMAO!!!!!!!!

  • Judge Mental Will

    I can feel sorry for him nor happy because he so damn aggravating!

  • Keyshia Ray

    Maybe im being cold but this seems just like another attention seeking stunt from him.

  • Renee26

    Nope... He been doing THE most lately

  • Carrington

    If this ain't the most #MeToo assed MF. He's going to throw something new at the wall every other month until something sticks.

  • Yui

    Reading the recipe made me gag.

  • Malcom Flex

    Soon...we'll have a male childhood sex abuser survivor "me too" moment and Bow will will be right there with many male rappers and hip hop artist.

  • WhoKnew

    Y'all know wittle bitty Bow Wow is short enough to fit under the dining room table standing up and suffers from wittle man syndrome and head up your ass syndrome. Leave wittle man alone.

  • datjerk

    I'm just telling you what I was told.

  • Renee26

    I beelee you lol

  • Rayne

    ??????? gurl!!!! Like forreal tho ?

  • Karen Brady

    Not cold. You're good!

  • Alextra Ballard

    I do believe this Cake Topper has issues. Maybe a lil mental issues. He's been easily unhinged,acting out seeking attention. At one point he was going around tawkin bout puttin names on bullets,and snatchin out lacefronts. Yea somn is going on. However I ain buyn the "lean" and the otha bs.

  • Jennifer

    I feel sorry for him. He'll never be a big star again, no matter how old he gets he'll always be Lil Bow Wow, NO ONE takes him seriously, and as good looking as he is he's doomed to look like a child forever. That's a lot to deal with at barely 30.

  • the guest

    He has a foundation to change his life and career. He could’ve gone into real estate or become a lawyer. He could have become a husband and family man. He would begin to look more mature if he acted more mature. But he’s delusional and likes chasing his past.

  • the guest

    Cake Topper.

  • Lady” Youngblood

    He just a lil lair?, and he ain't getting? like he use to he a cornball,clown, momma boy, sitting on his computer making $hit up.Hopeing y'all believe it so he could look like he still getting, Bow Wow if you reading this I now understand da WOW in your name.?

  • Keyshia Ray


  • Yup, I said it

    That's probably what stunted his growth. . Just say "NO" to drugs if you don't want to look like a whole garden in gnome.

  • Strip Club Veteran

    He wanna be relevant so bad.

  • Prince Zuko

    So now bow wow wanna use mac Miller death to get noticed.? Ok just wait till it 69 murda u can hold a press conference

  • Missy

    Not him again.

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Shad should be known as Mr. Me too...

  • Guess Who

    Damn, he's always, "been there, done that...done it harder, faster, better, worse, etc." Boy, STFU. If you ain't stunting like you uber rich, you're trying to play hard. If you ain't playing hard, you're trying to garner sympathy. STFU, attention seeking clown.

  • Trace da Ace

    Goodbye Shad....I gots not time for your shenanigans today....smdh

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Great post.

  • softness1

    When people talk about being depress or drugs, everyone be on some "It's not about you!!! Shut up" But then when that person dies everyone is like "If only they would have said something." I think Bow Wow is crying out for help and everyone continues to clown him..

  • Goodii2Shoes

    Honestly, there is one to be held & should be. The revelations alone from that group may prevent the behaviour from continuing. The allegations/stories being presented already (like drugged & video taped in homosexual scenes ) are amazing. & so unheard of except in niche markets that those ppl having such a public fallout over private fuckery they intended to hide for ever will be a teachable moment. I've had people say entertainers lacking certain levels of education shouldn't even be allowed to work professionally in the business.

  • Malcom Flex

    Right. Nothing will happen till one of these abused and angry hip hop rap bros off's himself or dies from an OD then the convo will begin. Like a Fist, I mean, Chris Brown type,

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Someone needs to throw holy water and prayer cloths over Shad.

  • Goodii2Shoes

    Convinced that the ODs are intentionally provided bad dope. & aren't they abused & angry,,