By Scott T. Sterling
Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA has broken his silence regarding the bizarre story of rapper Andre Johnson, aka Christ Bearer, who this week cut off his own penis and jumped from a two-story balcony in what police called a failed suicide attempt.
“Christ Bearer is a part of the West Coast Killa Beez, a bunch of young guys that was signed to our company 10 years ago,” RZA told XXL. “Wu-Tang, we’re from the East Coast. But we did invest in some young guys to try and help any hood. He was a guy from the hood that we gave a shot. I don’t make music with him nowadays. But the story— what he did— is incredible. That shit sound mythical.”
The statement comes after Wu-Tang Clan initially distanced themselves from the rapper with a post on their official blog that has since been removed claiming “no affiliation.”
“I feel sad for his family first and foremost; I know he has children,” RZA continued. “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.”
RZA made it clear that he wasn’t happy that the media was so quick to apply the “Wu-Tang affiliated” tag to the rapper, calling it “dirty press,” adding: “I can’t wait to really hear the whole story…I want to know what the f— moved him to do those things.”