Atlanta rapper Soulja Boy is ready to put up a fight and make a strong push to keep a recently removed cough syrup back to the marketplace.

According to SB, he is determined to put together a petition to make his voice heard.

Soulja Boy tells TMZ … he’s “mad as hell” over Actavis’ decision to cease all production of promethazine codeine — saying it doesn’t punish rappers — it hurts the infirmed. S.B. doesn’t think Actavis’ decision had anything to do with celebrities drinking it — even though that’s what the company said, adding, “Actavis is running away from money … they could be selling out everywhere.” Soulja says he drinks Actavis on the road so he can sleep — and he says there’s nothing wrong with that … so he’s rallying his friends together in a petition drive. Soulja adds, “As far as the lean goes, just know I been had the juice since 2011.” (TMZ)

Fellow Southern rapper Lil Boosie recently cited the drug’s knack for sparking addiction to getting him to support its removal.

Boosie tells TMZ he nearly died 3 or 4 times from drinking lean and says it’s “f***ed up a lot of rappers and the culture of hip hop.” He says users don’t realize something that tastes like Kool-Aid can be so addictive. Boosie was reacting to the story we broke … that Actavis is ceasing production of its high-end cough syrup because it’s being widely abused to make lean, also known as sizzurp. The rapper — who tells us he’s clean now — spent 5 years behind bars on drug charges, including time for trying to smuggle codeine syrup into prison. (TMZ)

Familiar with the situation, Soulja Boy boasted about his own cough syrup stash via Instagram this week.


“Soulja got the juice. They say the streets dry I say you gotta be kiddin me. I serve everybody,” SB wrote April 21. (Soulja Boy’s Instagram)

Last year, pop star Justin Bieber lashed out over alleged syrup-drinking photos.

Justin Bieber is shooting down rumors that he engaged in risky behavior, allegedlydrinking “sizzurp” while partying with friends Lil Twist and Lil Za. TMZ first reported that they’ve seen photos of the 18-year-old pop star with a bottle of codeine cough syrup, known as “sizzurp,” nearby. Justin tweeted on Feb. 2, “Some of these rumors about me are getting a little out of control now. Don’t believe the [bulls**t]. Gonna focus on the positive. I understand that rumors come with the territory, but I’m gonna stay me. Focus on the music. U wanna know what im about…it is all right there.” (Hollywood Life)