Busta Rhymes says poor nutrition, drinking, and smoking led to 90% of a blockage on his throat.
Men’s Health | Busta Rhymes shared ‘Untold Stories’ behind his $20 Million career
Busta Rhymes reflects on his weight loss journey.
Busta Rhymes opens up during a recent interview with Men’s Health, the Brooklyn emcee discussed the near-death experience that opened his eyes to his ailing health. Busta detailed losing his father in 2014 and developing poor eating and drinking habits during the pandemic to cope with the loss, admitting he never he never “properly dealt with.”
Busta weighed over 300 pounds during the pandemic, the rapper explained. “That had to do with me never properly dealing with the loss of my father,” Busta said. “My dad died in 2014 and I drowned myself in work. I just kept drinking, smoking, eating bad -- the whole nasty -- and recording a bunch of songs just to escape the pain. I also had a 90 percent blockage in my throat because of polyps on my vocal cords, and my breathing was bad.”
The first wake up call came after he experienced breathing issues following an intimate moment with his Ex-girlfriend.
“One night, I was getting ready to have an intimate moment with my ex [and] I had a breathing issue after the intimate interaction. I was having a really difficult time breathing, so I got up, and I walked out of the bedroom so she wouldn’t panic seeing me trying to keep myself calm,” Busta recalls of the incident. “I was trying to inhale, and it felt like it wasn’t working. I felt like I was having an asthma attack, but I don’t have asthma… That was scaring me so much that it was a mindf**k, because I had to stay calm and make sure she didn’t hear me panic or hear me struggle to breathe. I’m butt-a** naked in the living room, trying to calm myself down.”
As he continued his vulnerable story, the Hip Hop legend explained that his ex shared something that forced him to see he had to get his life right.
Check Out Busta Rhymes ‘Untold Stories’ full interview with Men’s Health below.