It’s Not a Great Time for Young Thug to Promote Using a Lean IV

Thug says on Instagram Live, "Fuck a double cup I wanna feel it faster.”

Young Thug

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Young Thug

In the weeks following Lil Peep’s suspected overdose, many rappers have publicly condemned the rampant substance abuse within hip-hop, warning fans and colleagues to stay away from dangerous drugs.

Young Thug, however, went in the opposite direction, and posted an Instagram story in which he was apparently using an IV to inject himself with lean. He captioned it: “Fuck a double cup I wanna feel it faster.”

Young Thug pumping lean in his arm through an IV? The addiction epidemic is glorified now so it’s not seen as a problem anymore until someone dies. This. Is. A. Huge. Fucking. Problem.

— your stepmom (@_Swagtacular_) December 1, 2017

It’s unclear if Thug was stupid enough to actually inject himself with the drug or if this was just an ill-conceived joke. In a 2016 interview with GQ, it was revealed Thug gets regular vitamin injections from his doctor, so the image could’ve been taken during a recent IV therapy session. No one's sure at this point. Either way, the post is very reckless, as it seems to glorify the dangerous concoction.

Social media had a lot to say about Thug’s post.

Young Thug is on IG connected to an IV full of lean. This generation is lost man 🤦🏾‍♂️

— AG - PAIN!! 🧡💙🇯🇲 (@ALG3nius) December 1, 2017

Young Thug has lean on an IV Drip and is posting it on social media. This is a cry for help if I've ever seen one.

— Juan S. Robles 🇩🇴 (@JuanSRobles_) December 1, 2017

Hip-hop figures like ASAP Yams, DJ Screw, and Pimp C have all died as a result of consuming promethazine/codeine (the active ingredients in lean). After being hospitalized for overconsumption of the drug, Famous Dex recently vowed to give it up for good.

“If I'm your role model, then stop fucking doing the lean,” he said on Instagram Live this week. “I just want to let my Live know, all my fans know, I quit codeine. I don’t do the lean no more. That’s on my kids. You’ll never ever see me with a double cup. It fucked me up. I’m in the hospital right now. But I feel so better. I feel so good. God is so good. That’s why y’all haven’t been seeing me do no music. I been fucked up.”

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