RZA Addresses Wu-Tang Killa Bees Member Who Severed Penis In Apparent Suicide Attempt
RZA calls the Christ Bearer news "a tragic story" and says "it's sad that it's Wu-Tang affiliated."
Days after Wu-Tang Killa Bees member Andre Johnson, who also goes by Christ Bearer, cut off his penis and jumped off a second-story North Hollywood, California apartment balcony in an apparent suicide, RZA has addressed the news story.
"Christ Bearer is a tragic story because it’s still the same situation: a guy we gave a chance to,” RZA says in an interview with XXL. “If I remember that deal back in the day, I remember they signed for, like, $150,000, a record deal from some young guys from Long Beach, Cali. He had a partner named Meko. I liked those guys. I liked what they stood for, young guys trying. I can’t wait to really hear the whole story. It’s sad that it’s Wu-Tang affiliated. It’s like dirty press in a way. I want to know what the fuck moved him to do those things."
Johnson, who is reportedly in stable condition following the apparent suicide attempt, has been calling RZA after recently being released from prison, according to the Wu-Tang Clan emcee-producer. The two worked together years ago. As reported on April 16, the Wu-Tang Killa Bees The Swarm album was released in 1998. Six years later, the Bobby Digital Presents: Northstar album was released via KOCH Records. Nevertheless, RZA, who also goes by Bobby Digital, says they are not making music together these days. Despite this, RZA calls the news story "incredible." "That shit sound mythical," he adds.
Beyond this, RZA also details how this incident may impact others in Johnson's life.
"I feel sad for his family," RZA says. "I know he has children...I thought he was a smarter guy than a guy who would do something crazy like that. But at the same time, he been in jail recently, he’s been in trouble. Maybe he’s mentally unstable. Maybe the mental health system should have took a look at him and said, ‘You know what? We got to hold on to this guy for a little longer.’ Because it’s not any sanity; even if you high, this shit don’t sound sane. This sounds more than high. It sound like mental problems or something that was bothering this man’s mind, and he needed help. It’s sad. I send my respect out to his family."