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Buffalo rapper Westside Gunn reveals fight with coronavirus

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.

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.

[Related: Westside Gunn & Conway's hip-hop music tells Buffalo's story]

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.

Griselda brings gritty Buffalo realism to the nation with 'Tonight Show' performance

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