A brief history of sizzurp

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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2013 file photo, recording artist Lil Wayne meets fans and celebrates his contemporary street wear apparel brand TRUKFIT at his hometown Macy's, in New Orleans. The multiplatinum rapper was hospitalized on Friday night, March 15, 2013, and reps confirmed he was "recovering." A person close to the superstar rapper's camp who asked for anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter confirmed to The Associated Press that Lil Wayne had a seizure. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

On Friday, Lil Wayne was hospitalized after suffering numerous seizures, reportedly brought on by excessive sizzurp consumption. As awful as it is, this news prompted old, sheltered people all over the place to ask, "what the hell is sizzurp?"

Luckily, it appears that Lil Wayne isn't actually dying, like initial reports indicated. Additionally, the folks at The Daily Beast took the time to delve into the history of sizzurp to help everyone who doesn't listen to rap music catch up to the times.

The prescription-strength, cough syrup-laced drink, usually made with sugary fruit-flavored soda and dissolved Jolly Ranchers thrown in for extra sweetness, is addictive though not illegal if the medicine is obtained with a prescription (selling it, of course, is illegal). Typically consumed out of Styrofoam cups, it gets users high through the euphoric side effects of the active ingredients in prescription cough syrup: codeine and promethazine. Motor-skill impairment, lethargy, drowsiness, and a dissociative feeling from all other parts of the body are also side effects of the drink. Over-the-counter cough syrup may also be used, though the effects of that are more hallucinogenic than euphoric. In either case, we’re not talking about a few extra doses of medicine. Sizzurp-sized helpings of cough syrup can exceed up to 25 times the recommended dose. On top of this, vodka or crushed painkillers are sometimes tossed into the drink as well. [The Daily Beast]

In a separate piece, The Daily Beast discusses Lil Wayne's sizzurp addiction, including past conversations, in which the rapper calls trying to quit the drank "death in your stomach." Lil Wayne's friends and family have apparently wanted him to quit for quite some time, now.