The untold story of the noted Detroit hip-hop producer’s drive to make music in the face of life-threatening illness
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dejtingsidor för yngre hud While rumors swirled in hip-hop circles that he was sick, the extent — and specifics — of his health concerns were largely kept secret. Yancey was not the type who wanted others to know about his problems. Even some of his closest friends didn’t know what he did: Death was soon coming.
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January 2002: Something’s wrong
nätdejting för rika ekonomisi Yancey first realized something was wrong in January 2002 after coming back from a gig in Europe, two years after Slum Village’s first national release, ”Fantastic Vol. 2.” Instead of going to his home in Clinton Township, he went to his parents’ house on Detroit’s east side, complaining that he had a cold or the flu.
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dejtingsajt för miljonärer deltagare Yancey stayed in the hospital for about a month and a half. Within weeks he had to go back for the same thing — a trend that would continue for more than four years.
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Disease leads to kidney failure
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nätdejting lurad chords ”A lot of times, just when we would get ready to get going, he would get sick again,” Maureen Yancey said. ”He was so tired of going back. It was very sedentary. Just watching him, it was sad at times. He couldn’t do what he wanted to.”
gratis ungdoms dejting frågor In 2005, weeks before his 31st birthday, doctors diagnosed something that looked like lupus, a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect the skin, joints, blood and kidneys. His doctor said it was probably what contributed to the low platelet count and the frequent swelling and pain in his hands.
gratis ungdoms dejting appar Sure, those long hospital stays had plenty of undesirable consequences. But it was the inability to touch the music, to pick it out of records bins, twist it and create it, that made those long stays feel never-ending.
The hospital bills mount
gratis ungdoms dejting app Even though he had insurance through the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the cost to keep Yancey alive was steep, and he had to pay much of it himself.
gratis dejting linje tio Bills for the lengthy hospital stays topped $200,000 each time. Dialysis three times a week cost $1,800. Each once-a-week shot to raise his hemoglobin cost $1,800. He had dozens of prescriptions — $700, $900 or even $2,000 out of pocket per bottle. He had large co-pays — one was $6,700 a week — because he had to see specialists.
dejta gratis online schauen His mother, who today gets medical invoices almost daily, has yet to total up the costs. His plan was to make more music — he had a project lined up with Will Smith — to pay the bills and leave money to take care of his Detroit-based daughters, Ja-mya Yancey, 4, and Ty-monet Whitlow, 5.
gratis ungdoms dejting sidor To pay the bills, Maureen says, she’ll work the rest of her life if she has to.
A Detroit friend steps in
gratis dejting linje ligning Mike Buchanan, better known as DJ House Shoes, first met Yancey in the mid-’90s at Street Corner Music in Beverly Hills. House Shoes worked there and Yancey was a wanna-be music producer on the hunt for albums.
gratis dejting linje linie After Yancey moved to L.A., their friendship waned. In early 2005, House Shoes heard the rumor that Yancey was in a coma and might not pull through. He booked a flight to L.A. and packed a bunch of CDs — random beats CDs, a mix-tape CD that House Shoes had recently released and anything else he thought Yancey would want to hear.
bra dejtingsajt för äldre He stayed a week, spending every day in the hospital with him.
gratis dejting linje undantag His friend looked different — he was smaller and quieter. House Shoes struggled, not wanting to pry too much about the details of his friend’s illness.
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Yancey hides his condition
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bra dejtingsida för unga hjärtan In the interview, he denied that he was comatose, and said that he had gotten sick overseas. ”As soon as I got back,” he told the magazine, ”I had the flu or something, and I had to check myself into the hospital. Then they find out I had a ruptured kidney and was malnourished from not eatin’ the right kinda food. It was something real simple, but it ended with me being in the hospital.”
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The Bible provides comfort
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dejta gratis online quiz ”I admired that on a human level. He got the medical care he needed. He really did not let his medical situation handicap his life. To him, life came first. He made peace with himself before we even knew it. And then he made peace with his mom.”
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‘It’s going to be all right’
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