Wu-Tang Clan is disputing that Andre Johnson, the rapper who reportedly cut off his penis and jumped out a window as part of a suicide attempt, is affiliated with the rap group despite reports from TMZ identifying himself as a Wu-Tang-affiliated artist.
TMZ was the first to report that Johnson, aka Christ Bearer, tried to kill himself by jumping off a second-story apartment building in North Hollywood, Calif., early Wednesday morning. The gossip website identified Johnson as “a rapper affiliated with Wu-Tang Clan.”
Except, it's not true, at least according to the Wu-Tang Clan’s official website.
A blog post on the Wu-Tang website reads, “EXCLUSIVE: NOT AFFILIATED TO WUTANG", followed by a picture of Johnson.
“Parental Advisory: Don’t Believe The HYPE. This Mother F----- Ain’t Got S--- to do with WUTANG ..~Mr .TANG,” the post reads.
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Christ Bearer is a member of Northstar along with Meko The Pharaoh. The group’s Facebook page describes them as “Westcost [sic] Killa Bee Group” discovered and signed by Wu-Tang Clan member RZA in 1998.
The page uses other language that describes the group as having a connection to Wu-Tang Clan, including a post promoting an appearance at Brooktrails Lodge in Willts, Calif., from Jan, 16. “WU-TANG WEST COAST KILLA BEEZ!!!!!!!!!!!!” the post reads. Affiliates of Wu-Tang, a rap group formed in New York City in 1992, are known as Killa Bees.
The Village Voice unearthed other evidence that Johnson is a Wu-Tang-affiliated artist. The website posted this YouTube video of Wu-Tang affiliate Killah Priest making Johnson, who also goes by Andre Roxx, an official Killa Bee:
Sources told TMZ that Johnson wasn’t taking any hard drugs when he decided to cut off his penis and jump off the balcony. Witnesses said they saw Christ Bearer speaking incoherently shortly after the incident. Johnson is in critical condition as of Wednesday.