Earlier today TMZ ran a disturbing news item about a “Wu-Tang-Affiliated” rapper named Andre Johnson who had attempted suicide by cutting off his penis and jumping from a second story balcony. Now, via Instagram, Wu-Tang Clan is denying Johnson was ever affiliated with the group in any way. They seem pretty adamant about it.
Parental Advisory : Don’t Believe The HYPE. This Mother Fucker Ain’t Got Shit to do with WUTANG ..~Mr .TANG Www.WuTangclan.com
The denial, along with the posting of Johnson’s photo, seems a bit harsh considering the grim circumstances. And it’s hard to tell if Johnson does/did have something to do with Wu, considering a Google search of his name + Wu Tang now just yields the dozens of sites that picked up the story from TMZ. We did find this video of Wu-Tang’s Killah Priest making Johnson, aka Andre Roxx, an official Killa Bee from 2012:
We’ve got a call into the Wu camp. More on this story as it develops.
UPDATE: Another post via Wu’s Instagram, at 5:20 p.m.
UPDATE: Both photos claiming “This Mother Fucker” Andre Johnson wasn’t affiliated with Wu-Tang have been removed from Wu-Tang’s Instagram account, though one still remains on their blog.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 16, 2014