Westside Gunn of the Griselda Records collective, the most successful hip-hop artists to emerge from Buffalo, revealed he had Covid-19 via Twitter and Instagram this week.
The 37-year-old rapper, born Alvin Lamar Worthy, announced he is "a corona survivor," and that he is now on the other side of a battle that lasted several weeks. He'd chosen to keep the information private.
I have a confession to Make I’m a Corona Survivor I didn’t want anybody feeling sorry for me I had to thug it out for weeks I didn’t get to see my kids I went to the hospital feeling like I was breathing my last… https://t.co/TWKK8N076H
— WESTSIDEGUNN (@WESTSIDEGUNN) April 12, 2020
Westside Gunn's now-deleted Instagram post read, in part: "I didn’t get to see my kids I went to the hospital feeling like I was breathing my last breath the fans and the love I was getting kept me strong I knew I had to drop this (upcoming new album) Pray for Paris bc GOD have bigger plans for me."
Along with his Griselda Records collective – including brother, Conway, and cousin, Benny the Butcher – Westside Gunn signed a deal with Eminem's Shady Records in March 2017, based on the strength of the collective's gritty, old-school, street-infused style – a refreshing contrast to much of the sparklingly produced mainstream, trap-based stylings that have ruled hip-hop for the better part of the past decade.
The collective's latest offering, "WWCD," became one of the most buzzed-about hip-hop albums of 2019, and was celebrated with a January 2020 performance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," one that was rife with urban Buffalo imagery.