Ailing rap icon Scarface seeks public’s help to find kidney donor

Houston-based rapper Scarface posted a heartfelt plea to find a donor as he never fully recovered from previous surgery

Rapper Scarface continues to struggle with his health. In June, he announced that he was recovering from the coronavirus after saying he was “feeling funny” in March, according to Houston’s Fox 5 News. In a live stream in March with Geto Boys partner Willie D, Scarface, born Brad Jordan, said he thought he might not survive the virus.

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He said at the time that as an asthmatic, the virus had attacked his lungs and kidneys. While his lungs, one of the organs most impacted by COVID returned to functioning, he said then his kidneys had not.

Unfortunately, it appears that while he was on the road to recovery in June, Scarface has taken a turn for the worse, tweeting today that he was in search of a match for a kidney transplant.

Along with Willie D and the late Bushwick Bill, who died of pancreatic cancer last year, the Geto Boys defined the sound of Houston hip-hop, with music that ultimately became known as horrorcore for its violent and often misogynistic lyrical content. But the group’s smash 1991 hit “Mind Playin’ Tricks on Me” is considered among hip-hop’s classic recordings.

Scarface at the
Scarface at the

Jordan said that he’d had to go on dialysis after contracting COVID despite never having any kidney problems prior to his diagnosis.

“I fought the COVID, double bilateral pneumonia and kidney failure, all in my house. This my new lifeline,” he told Willie D. “I gotta change my entire diet. I gotta do dialysis four times a week, three hours a day. That’s taking all of my blood out, cleaning it and putting it back in my body. Before the COVID, I never had kidney problems.”

Concerned fans offered prayers, encouragement, health tips and some even said they’d be willing to donate if they were a match for the ailing rapper.

In June of 2019, Jordan, 49, announced that he was transitioning to public service, and would be running for City Council in Houston. He said at a speech in Milwaukee after winning a Legacy award there, that he hoped it would inspire others.

“I wanna take it upon myself to fix the situation,” he told Fader last year before the runoff election in December. ” I think I have some new, fresh ideas. I think that the traditional way of doing politics is over now,” he said. “Let’s come up with some real solutions. Let’s serve the underserved. That’s where I’m at right now.”

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He ultimately lost his bid to a Houston educator, who was favored to win, in a fairly close race.

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