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Consequence Opens Up About Lupus Diagnosis

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Consequence revealed that he’s been battling the autoimmune disorder, lupus. 

Per HipHopDX, Consequence held a listening party via Zoom for his upcoming EP, Things Are Different Now, on Monday. During the event, the rapper decided to disclose that he was diagnosed with lupus in June.


Consequence explained that he had been feeling ill for a while leading up to the diagnosis. Because he is a type 2 diabetic and part of the at-risk population for catching the virus, Consequence feared he had contracted COVID-19. He decided to go to the hospital where he was told that he had lupus. He went on to explain that it “God’s will” that he’s still here and able to create meaningful music.

“He’s really my blessing from God,” Consequence said when explaining how his nine-year-old son Caiden Mills gave him the encouragement he needed to move forward. “When it got stupid for me, he was right here like, ‘Yo, come on, you just gotta get your muscles back. Come on daddy, you can do it.’ He’s my little superstar … he definitely re-charged the Tesla for me.”

The A Tribe Called Quest adjacent compares his health situation to that of Phife Dawg—who died from diabetes complications—and J. Dilla—who passed from lupus in 2006. 

“I have what Dilla had and what Phife had as a combo Happy Meal,” he continued. “To be honest with you, I’m learning every day. I didn’t even know I would get my way back. I didn’t know I would get my strength back at all. So I’m definitely in a space where I’m taking everything literally a step at a time, a day at a time. I don’t know where their situations went wrong. I’m assuming a lot of it is diet ’cause I know with me, I’ve to reformulate how I eat about four times in the last two months.”

This dedication to his health is mirrored by the effort he puts into his craft. Along with taking precautions to regain his weight and stay regulated, Consequence has been putting hours in the studio to create Things Are Different Now. This project is expected to drop on Oct. 23.

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