OMG! Singer, Blu Cantrell, Was Confined To Mental Ward When She Was Seen…

Posted On : March 27, 2016

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Who remembers when singer, Blu Cantrell, dropped her 2001 hit and was telling all of the ladies how to get revenge on their cheating men when she sang: “Hey ladies, if you man wanna get buck wild, just go back and hit ’em up style, put your hand on his cash and spend it to the last dime…”?

Well for a minute, Blu Cantrell seemed to be on her way to solidifying her footprint in the music game, but after the buzz surrounding her “Hit ‘Em Up” style jam fizzled out, so did her career and her spotlight on urban radio. Most of us hadn’t seen Blu in years and it wasn’t until she hit a bit of snag in 2014 and had to get admitted into a psychiatric hospital, did folks remember her presence. It’s just unfortunate that she had to be reminisced about that way. According to many reports, Blu suffered a mental breakdown in 2014 and this is what was reported by BET:

Singer Blu Cantrell was hospitalized for a mental evaluation Wednesday (Sept. 3) after she ran through a Santa Monica, Calif., neighborhood screaming that her life was in danger.

At 2 a.m. that morning, Cantrell started ranting about someone trying to give her “poisonous gas.” Witnesses say the erratic behavior lasted for so long that police were called.

Cantrell reportedly referred to herself as a “one-hit wonder,” after questioning if authorities recognized her.

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We wanted to share her story with you all because there are far too many celebs who go through the same thing as Blu, but are unjustly deemed as being crazy (such as what we are currently experiencing comedian, Katt Williams, go through). But the reality is that a mental health problem, or simply someone succumbing to the pressures of extreme stress and/or substance abuse are all very serious issues that are easily judged from the outside looking in, but the inflicted person is clearly crying out for help and that should never be taken lightly.

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Just three months prior (July of 2014) to Blu’s psychiatric breakdown in September 2014, she seemed to be okay. She was still singing and her voice was still in tact as she gave us a taste of her new single at that time while she was still working on it in the studio. This is the video she posted online, showing off her skills:

Outtathablucantrell | Billie & Blu project #blucantrell tonight I will give you more.

A video posted by Blu Cantrell (@outtathablucantrell) on

Word on the Old School curb is that Blu is doing much better now and overall we hope that she’s been able to consistently stay on track and get any help that she may have needed. Many experts say there are typically about 7 reasons why someone falls victim to psychological disorders and they could be due to one or more of the following:
– Genetic hereditary
– Social and cultural expectations – Feeling pressured to fit into a social stereotypical lane.
– Feeling inadequate- low self esteem, anger, loneliness, anxiety
– Depression
– Substance abuse
– A dysfunctional family
– Traumatic experience(s) from childhood

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Not really sure which category Blu fell under on the night of her breakdown, but based on her allegedly making references to being a ‘one-hit-wonder’ while in the midst of her mental breakdown, suggests that she could have been experiencing what so many other celebs have experienced either during, or after their careers were on a decline. We’ve seen it happen to Martin Lawrence, Dave Chapelle, Billie Holiday, and most recently, Katt Williams- they’ve all have had their “mental” moments, while trying to balance the pressures of being a celebrity. Fortunately for Blu, someone stepped in to help before her situation became tragic, like our beloved Don Cornelius and Robin Williams and we’re very happy for her that she was able to get that help.

On a side note, in March 2016, Bud Light featured Blu’s “Hit ‘Em Up Style” in their new campaign for their Margarita Slush Limeade launch. So hopefully, she’s reaping the financial benefits of that.

We wish Blu Cantrell the best in life and in her music…maybe one day soon she will resurface with new music because her voice was beautiful.

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