Gangsta rap veteran Bo$$ is in need of some help. The former Def Jam rapstress, whose real name is Lichelle Laws, is reaching out to fans on social networking sites in hopes of finding a donor for a kidney transplant.
According to AllHipHop.com, Bo$$ suffers from renal disease, which prevents her kidneys from properly processing toxins and waste from blood. The 42-year-old is currently undergoing regular dialysis, but now that she needs a kidney transplant, she turned to Facebook after hearing a story of a man finding a donor over the site. She previously had a kidney transplant before releasing her The Six Million Dollar Mixtape in 2004.
Additionally, Bo$$ is getting some help from friends, who recently launched the campaign “Rappers Need Kindeys, Too” in hopes of finding her a donor. The movement, led by Todd Davis and 8055 Records, also intends to bring kidney disease to the hip-hop community’s attention.
Bo$$, credited as one of the early pioneers of gangsta rap, released her debut album Born Gangstaz in 1993. The LP, which spawned the No. 1 singles “Deeper” and “Recipe of a Hoe,” reached No. 22 on the Billboard 200 and sold almost 400,000 copies. Her credibility took a hit after it was revealed she grew up in an affluent family, with Def Jam later shelving her sophomore album and letting her go from her contract.