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Rapper survives cutting off penis, leap from second-floor apartment

Investigators are trying to determine what prompted a rapper linked to the Wu-Tang Clan to cut off his penis and jump from a second-story apartment Wednesday in North Hollywood.

Andre Johnson, 40 -- who raps under the moniker Christ Bearer in the duo Northstar -- survived the fall. He was discovered about 12:45 a.m. with a self-inflicted wound to his genitalia, Los Angeles Police Sgt. William Mann said.

Mann said Johnson had jumped from a second-story building in the 4500 block of Colfax Avenue. Johnson was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Mann said, but the extent of his injuries was unknown.

It was not immediately clear what triggered Johnson's actions, Mann said. They came just one day after Johnson posted on Facebook and Twitter links to a new music video with rapper Rugged Monk.

According to the Wu-Tang Clan's website, rapper RZA discovered the Long Beach-based Northstar outside an L.A. radio station in 1998.

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