Music Makes Em High

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In the new issue of Vibe, Em speaks more on his drug usage and music addiction.

” ‘My doctor

told me those mysterious new pills were methadone, which is used to

wean heroin addicts off dope.  Had I known it was methadone, I

probably wouldn’t have taken it.  But as bad as I was back then,

I can’t even say 100 percent for sure. My doctor told me the amount

of methadone I’d taken was equivalent to shooting up four bags of

heroin.  Even when they told me I almost died, it didn’t click.’

After detoxing, Eminem suffered a knee injury that required surgery,

but because of his recent drug abuse, he was not prescribed painkillers. 

He recalls, ‘I started looking around my house to see if I had a stash

box of Vicodin…I’m ransacking my house, finally find something in

the basement, in a little napkin, seven and a half Vicodin—the big

extra strength ones—and a few Valium.’  The rapper soon relapsed

for the second time and finally admitted to himself he was an addict.  ‘It never once hit me that drug addiction runs in my family. 

Now that I understand that I’m an addict, I definitely have compassion

for my mother.  I get it.’ ” 

“ ‘I wanted to make an overall

statement—I’m back.  It was a slow process.  You

gotta remember I hadn’t recorded a song sober in seven years. 

So it took me awhile to even feel like I could record a song sober…I

don’t know the last time I shot a video sober, without drinking or

taking anything. It’s been years.”  He continues, ‘I almost

feel like a little kid again with rap.  I wanna play around with

different flows.  If I don’t feel like it’s what I’m fully

capable of, if there’s one weak line, I wanna change it.  Rap

was my drug.  It used to get me high and then it stopped getting

me high.  Then I had to resort to other things to make me feel

that…now rap’s getting me high again.’”

Vibe hits newsstands May 19th! 

Related: Relapse: The Game

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  • Dammnnnwooho

    TAKEOVER 09!!!

  • genny74

    sooo glad u made it through; we’ve missed you!

  • nonny

    def gonna check this interview out