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January 5, 2011

Nation's mental institutions now filled with rappers

It's looks like it's not just Wale who's gone crazy recently. On Tuesday, an Atlanta judge sent Gucci Mane to a psychiatric institution after the rapper pleaded "mental incompetency" to charges that he'd violated the terms of his probation. And that same day, the rapper Charles Hamilton was also referred to a psychiatric clinic to see if he was mentally fit to stand trial over an assault charge. So, what is this fun new trend, some kind of defense tactic? "I don't have substance abuse issues judge; I'm just nuts." Clever. Two weeks ago, it was DMX who was committed. After serving a month in Joe Arpaio's Tent City jail, he was committed to the jail's mental-health unit for 30 days. A judge had previously said the rapper suffered from "bi-polar disorder or some sort of mental affliction." Well, that, I believe, because DMX really is basket case.

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Posted by Erik Maza at 2:30 PM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Music News


YoYoYO Certified here again. all deez rappers need to work wit me cuz I make fat beats yo. Dr dre got nutthn on me. Im da greatest dj since Jazzy Jeff

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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