Chance The Rapper revealed that he suffers from PTSD after watching his friend get killed when he was a teen. Appearing on Peace of Mind With Taraji, the rapper said spoke about his mental health candidly and revealed what he deals with.
In a preview of the episode that will release on November 1, Chance opened up about suffering from Post-traumatic stress disorder. Host Taraji P. Henson and Tracie Jade spoke to the rapper about the pressure black men face to “man up.”
Chance was asked if mental health was a topic that’s discussed in his household. Chance replied that growing up there were a lot of situations where someone who was suffering from a mental health disorder was written off as crazy. He continued saying that the idea that health is beyond just physical needs to be put out in the mainstream. He also spoke about his personal mental health struggles, saying:
“Obviously I deal with PTSD, I saw my friend killed in front of me when I was 19 and I’ve seen people I didn’t know get killed too. You become kind of numb to it, like somebody else died last week but it stays with you, you know what I mean? And you don’t realize until later — like I have lasting effects.”
Chance The Rapper had referenced the topic of a close friend being murdered on the song “Acid Rain” from the mixtape Acid Rap. The episode with Chance will air on November 1 as noted, at 9 AM PT on Facebook Watch.
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