In less than 1 month, two young rappers, seemingly with their whole lives in front them, committed suicide. Capital Steez died on December 24th 2012 and Seattle rapper Freddy E, died on January 5th 2013. The unusual commonality besides both being young African-American rappers, was that they tweeted their last moments on the social network, Twitter. Although two incidents don’t make a trend, is this just a foreshadow of things to come? Psychologists say that certain public forms of suicide, are more cries for help than anything else. Is Twitter a new platform for this? Freddie E tweeted the following just before he died (reverse order):
If there’s a God then He’s calling me back home. This barrel never felt so good next to my dome. It’s cold & I’d rather die than live alone.
Cruising in the 300 Chrysler. Wishing the world could be a little brighter. But all I can seem to find is this lighter. It’s all bad y’all.
Smoked my first pack of cigarettes today… been a long time since I’ve gone through heart break. It’s a cold unforgiving world if I do say.
Fuck… my… life.
Ain’t nobody thirsty… -_-
Freddy E also seemed to be tweeting about a show the night before and not being able to sleep. He also complained about a serious hangover, drinking too much and regretting not having a girlfriend. Some have even said that his friendship with young female rapper, Honey Cocaine was the cause of his mental anguish. She denied the allegations saying they had a strong bond. She also tweeted a screenshot of part of their last conversation.
Female trouble, drug abuse, the ego roller coaster of the music business and the easy access of guns are nothing new. Men and women, at one point in the throws of love, lust or drunken hazes, have made terrible decisions in the moment. Freddy E is no different. If he had thought a little more, become more sober, didn’t have a gun or whatever, may have not done what he did January 5th. The only new piece to this story, is that he felt the need to Tweet his suicide note to his Twitter Followers to whom he had posted over 69,000 times.
Capital $teez, who died having posted only 4,363 times on Twitter, simply tweeted;