12:30pm Monday Update: Police report that Andre Johnson was under the influence of PCP, according to the New York Daily News, despite assertions from friends that no hard drugs were involved. Police also revealed that Johnson used a serrated steak knife to cut off his penis one chunk at a time, a penis that doctors were unable to reattach.
Original report: Andre Johnson, a rapper with the group Northstar discovered by a founder of rap icons Wu-Tang Clan, cut off his own penis early Wednesday just before leaping from the second-floor balcony of a Los Angeles apartment building.
Johnson, an Atlanta native whose stage name is Christ Bearer (above, right), and his recovered penis were taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after the incident, which Johnson reportedly survived, Los Angeles police Sgt. William Mann told CNN. As of late Wednesday, it was unclear whether doctors attempted to reattach his penis.
Though Johnson's motive is still unclear, fellow rappers and friends who were with Johnson in the apartment told TMZ that he hadn't been taking "any hard drugs that would cause him to do such a thing." Still, TMZ reports that law enforcement have characterized the incident as an attempted suicide.
The unnamed source said the self-mutilation and lunge from the balcony was unexpected and happened in seconds, just after 1 am in North Hollywood. After they rushed downstairs to check on him, he was "already up and running around screaming incoherently," TMZ reported in an update later Wednesday.
The legendary Cleveland rap outfit Wu-Tang Clan, which recently released just one copy of its most recent LP, Secret Album, indoctrinated Northstar as one of its many affiliate groups in 1998, after being discovered in Los Angeles by RZA, the nickname of Wu-Tang co-founder Robert Fitzgerald Diggs. Johnson also is affiliated with another Wu-Tang affiliate, the West Coast Killa Beez.
On the Facebook page for Christ Bearer of Northstar, Johnson name drops RZA and the Killa Beez and can be spotted in several concert flyers and photos with fellow Northstar member Meko the Pharaoh. The caption for the photo used above is "VICTORY! Your reward in this Battle between Good and Evil. Good to God, Evil to Devil. To Be Unique in all your ways and actions and showing and proving that you are God."
Along with a picture of a Northstar T-shirt: "You don't become enormously successful without encountering and overcoming a number of extremely challenging problems."
Though his Facebook page has accumulated just 625 likes and a link there to www.northstar-wutang.com is a dead link, SPIN reports that Andre Johnson just released a new music video on Tuesday, just before the incident.
In the video for "OOOH!" below, Johnson shares face time with rapper Rugged Monk of Black Knights, yet another Wu-Tang Clan affiliate:
[Image courtesy of Facebook]