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Cons admits he lost his voice for two months and could only speak in a faint, raspy whisper. The uncertainly of his condition had him facing death for the first time in a very real way. He admits it temporarily stripped away his courage and bravado, and he would often find himself crying in the doctor’s office at the thought of having to leave his son.
Cons’ situation is akin to both Dilla (who suffered from lupus until his death in 2006) and Tribe’s Phife Dawg (who died in 2016 from diabetes complications). Cons and Phife were closed friends and he got the Type II diabetes diagnosis only one year after Phife passed.
“I have what Dilla had and what Phife had as a combo Happy Meal [laughs],” he says. “To be honest with you, I’m learning every day. I didn’t even know I would get my way back. I didn’t know I would get my strength back at all. So I’m definitely in a space where I’m taking everything literally a step at a time, a day at a time. I don’t know where their situations went wrong. I’m assuming a lot of it is diet ’cause I know with me, I’ve to reformulate how I eat about four times in the last two months. I’m fine ’cause I went through the adjustment period, but when I was first going through everything, it was like coming at me 100 miles per hour. I’m not going to lie, it was very, very difficult. It still is difficult.”
Very few people knew what Cons was going through behind the scenes but when he posted that Instagram photo of himself with his son in August and was ridiculed for his appearance, or as he says, “body shamed,” it lit a fire.
He was able to rise above the criticism and says he’s gained about 20 or 25 pounds since then. For now, he’s taking his medications, hitting the gym and focusing on music. The Things Are Different Now EP is expected to arrive on October 23.