One of Mississauga’s Best Musicians Makes Incredible Comeback After Serious Illness


Published September 26, 2018 at 2:29 pm


One of the Mississauga’s most promising musicians has come back with new music following a serious–and at one time, mysterious–illness that sidelined him for months.

Popular hip-hop artist John River (real name Matthew John Derrick-Huie), 24, took to Twitter earlier this month to announce that he was releasing a new single, Burn the Boats

You can check out the single, which appears to reference his battle with serious illness, here:

The Much Music Video Award nominee, best known for his critically acclaimed 2015 sophomore mixtape The Storm, took to social media in early 2018 to say he was initially suffering from vision loss and chest pain. 

In a lengthy series of tweets, the popular hip hop artist explained his symptoms–which were stumping medical professionals throughout the city–and asked if anyone could recommend a doctor or specialist who might be better apt to deal with his persistent illness. 

According an an Instagram post, River was officially diagnosed with intracranial hypotension (a condition characterized by negative pressure within the brain cavity) by a neurologist in January 2018.

The condition can be caused by a leak following a lumbar puncture, which River did undergo previously while doctors were investigating his previous symptoms.

On April 9, 2018, River’s brother took to Twitter to announce that River had finally undergone two surgeries to correct a brain fluid leak.

After several months of social media silence, River himself returned to Twitter to admonish those whom he suggests were unsupportive, saying “I hope you see me in your nightmares. No talking.” 

In the opening of his freshly released single, he celebrates his return to health with some powerful–not to mention confrontational–words.

“My life was on the line, guess you iced the wrong n***a

Died and came back to life, Christ and John River”

Burn the Boats can also be streamed on Spotify.

We’ll keep you updated on River’s new music as more details become available.

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