LOS ANGELES, CA—It is no secret that over the years, the use of slang words has become more prevalent in everyday conversation. But even more widespread is the use of slang in rap and hip-hop music. What many of the genres’ artists did not foresee, however, is that the use of a number of such terms might have dangerous medical repercussions. The specific terms in question are the words “sick,” and “ill,” which, in slang, translate directly to “almost unbelievably good.”
A recent UCLA study sought out to uncover the recent hospitalizations of artists Lil’ Dizzy, QuartR DollR, and Big Dizzy. On three separate occasions, each of these individuals was rushed to the UCLA medical center with appendicitis, severely low blood sugar, and a mild concussion, respectively.
The issue at hand was that, in attempting to express feeling medically unwell, these artists repeatedly told their entourages that they were feeling “sick” or “ill,” to which their company responded with affirmations, thinking that the artists were commenting on the crowd-pleasing performances they’d just put on. Lil’ Dizzy, for example, expressed to his friend Trey-Trey that he was “feeling very ill,” to which Trey-Trey replied, “yeah, Dizzy! You the illest!” Luckily, Lil’ Dizzy’s appendix was removed just before it was about to burst, but he remains under close doctor’s care.