HIV/AIDS has affected the hip-hop community and African-American community for many years. Most hip-hop fans know of the legendary Eazy-E passing away from AIDS, but many rappers have been accused of being infected with the disease. HIV and AIDS are not the same. Avert.Org gives vital information on what HIV and AIDS is. HIV is a virus that attacks the immune system. AIDS is a syndrome caused by HIV. This is when someone’s immune system is too weak to fight off numerous infections.
The most current story of HIV and AIDS in hip-hop is about a young rapper by the name of OG Maco. He was said to be infected with either HIV or AIDS. Many rappers when they become famous fall into the lifestyle of money, drugs and sex. Traveling from city to city, they are bound to meet plenty of women who are willing to have sex with them. The problem is that many times protection is not used during sexual intercourse. Hearing this story takes many hip-hop fans back to the story and lifestyle of Eazy-E. It wasn’t until the release of the Straight Outta Compton biopic when people began to speculate that Suge Knight had something to do with Eazy’s death.
However, one cannot deny Eazy’s promiscuous lifestyle. Fans were shocked when they heard that OG Maco could be infected with HIV or AIDS. But OG Maco quickly cleared up all assumptions. He went on Instagram to address fans, tabloids, and the public about the rumors surrounding his health. His post stated, “Despite the vicious rumors, I am in fine health and have no degenerative or deadly diseases. My best holiday wishes to the person spreading this irresponsible and cruel rumor throughout social media, but know we are unmoved and will not falter in the face such cowardly and underhanded tactics.” His post had over 1,000 likes on Instagram.
HIV/AIDS is nothing to play with or joke about. Rappers have an important role to play. Bringing more awareness can teach those who look up to them to stay protected during sex. HIV/AIDS is a powerful rumor used by groupies and haters to end a musicians’ successful career. Fellas and women be careful. Between gang violence and police brutality the last thing that the black community needs is the death of young black people due to the HIV/AIDS virus. Stay safe!