Waka Flocka sometimes makes headlines for his social media posts that usually go away followers in an uproar or for his statements on his actuality present alongside his spouse, Tammy Rivera. But, Flocka warmed the hearts of hundreds of thousands when he introduced that he could be utilizing his platform to assist help in suicide prevention and psychological well being consciousness. The rapper has skilled tragedy associated to psychological well being after his youthful brother took his personal life.
Waka Flocka misplaced his brother to suicide
Flocka’s brother and fellow rap artist Kayo Redd, was reported useless from gunshot wounds in December 2013. Just hours earlier than his dying, he’d promoted and launched his mixtape, Red Kisses. It was later reported that his dying was by suicide and confirmed by Flocka in a distressed tweet that was later faraway from Flocka’s social media feed.
Flocka addressed Redd’s dying in two separate tweets hours after his dying went public. “God please bless me.” he wrote. Later that day, Flocka adopted up with, “Ya Big Brother love you Kayo” and shared a 15-second photograph montage of Redd.
Flocka’s mom, hip hop supervisor Debra Antney, additionally spoke on Redd’s passing. “I just lost another son,” she wrote.
At the time, Redd was experiencing his personal private struggles, together with shedding his eyesight. His household later defined that he’d been a sufferer of bullying.
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It wasn’t the primary tragedy for the Flocka household. Another brother of Flocka’s died from a automotive accident when he was 13-years-old. Antney later mentioned Flocka took his brother’s accident arduous and he acted out as a result of he blamed himself. A member of Flocka’s crew, Slim Dunkin, was murdered throughout an argument at a recording studio two years earlier than Redd’s suicide.
Flocka spoke of Redd’s suicide in 2017 with Viceland and spoke in regards to the feeling of remorse he felt within the aftermath of his Redd’s dying. “Before my little brother killed himself, I hadn’t picked up the phone. I seen him call and I said, ‘F**k, let me call Kayo back as soon as this s**t over with,” Flocka mentioned.
Flocka mentioned he gave up rap for some time as a result of the burden Kayo’s suicide weighed so closely on him. “What if I would have answered his call? That’s when I said, ‘This rap s**t, F**k this rap s**t.”
Waka Flocka proclaims he’s dedicating his life to suicide prevention and psychological well being
The guilt of Redd’s dying continued to observe Flocka and affect him in methods he by no means imagined. He continued guilty himself, telling Viceland that he understood how Redd being in his shadow probably affected him. But Flocka says he was so busy that he didn’t pay Redd’s emotions any actual consideration. He instructed Viceland:
I’m tryna work a lot to maintain everyone glad, when actuality was going by. What the fu*okay was my little brother going via to kill his self? God rattling, that’s how hectic this sh*t is? That loopy? What he needed to undergo, to be Waka Flocka’s little brother… and the way am I that busy that I couldn’t acknowledge that?
After Redd’s dying, the household launched the No R.I.P. (Reckless Internet Posting) Foundation. The basis advocates for accountable reporting by weblog and media websites of deaths, somewhat than the circulation of probably dangerous gossip. Dealing with the scenario publicly was not simple because the household didn’t have time to grieve privately so the muse was their approach of guaranteeing different households don’t have the identical bother.
But Flocka is seeking to do extra. The rapper and actuality star introduced on Twitter that he’s committing to creating suicide prevention and psychological well being consciousness his lifelong job.
“I’m officially dedicating my life to suicide prevention and mental illness!!! Y’all not alone Waka Flocka Flame is with y’all now,” he wrote.
Flocka hasn’t introduced any concrete plan of how he’ll go about utilizing his platform for psychological well being consciousness and suicide prevention but it surely’s admirable that he’s turned his ache into offering hope for others.