By Jacob E. Osterhout / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Hip-hop artists often believe they are rapping about matters of life and death.
Never more so than Washington Heights rapper Lazaruz, better known as Laz, who will release his second album this June. But instead of spitting rhymes about selling drugs or popping bottles in the club, Laz raps about his epic, three-part battle with cancer.
At the age of 26, Laz (real name: Jeffrey Perdomo) is now fending off his third recurrence of leukemia.
“These days I don’t consider myself a cancer survivor,” he said while sitting in a midtown recording studio. “I consider myself a cancer veteran, like a soldier who keeps getting called back to the front lines. Every day I feel like I’m on the battlefield and I’m not sure if I’ll survive.”
Survival is no easy task for a man who has spent the last six years, nearly a quarter of his life, at Mount Sinai Hospital.
“Jeffrey has been one of the most difficult cases we’ve had here,” said Dr. Gustavo Del Toro, who oversaw Lazaruz’s bone marrow transplants. “He’s had virtually every complication in the book and some that aren’t in the book.”