Eminem: I almost died

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The rapper – whose new album, ‘Relapse’ is due out May 19 – says it’s the first sober album he’s done in 7 years.
Monday, May 4, 2009

Eminem’s latest effort, Relapse, is slated to hit stores May 19, and the rapper told the latest issue of Vibe magazine that it’s his first sober project in 7 years.

He’s been sober for a year now, and the album, he says, is a statement to the world that he’s back. He writes in the magazine about his newfound motivation, “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.”

Before he made the decision to get sober, Eminem struggled with drug addiction that almost took a fatal turn.

After getting some mysterious pills from an “acquaintance,” he admits that he almost took what could have been a life-ending overdose.

“My doctor told me those mysterious new pills were methadone, which is used to wean heroin addicts off dope,” he told the magazine’s June/July issue.

“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.”

Em went on to tell Vibe, “It’s no secret I had a drug problem,” he says. “If I was to give you a number of Vicodin I would actually take in a day? Anywhere between 10 to 20. Valium, Ambien, the numbers got so high I don’t even know what I was taking.”

And realizing that he was an addict himself helped him to identify with his mother on a new level.

“It never once hit me that drug addiction runs in my family,” he said. “Now that I understand that I’m an addict, I definitely have compassion for my mother. I get it.”

Relapse hits stores May 19.

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21 thoughts on “Eminem: I almost died”

  1. I was surprised when he said he could relate to his mother. The two haven’t really spoken in years… maybe this will change all that. One never knows why people act the way they do until they find themselves in similiar position…

    … and I guess Kim wasn’t lying, a few months ago, when she said he had issues with addiction.

  2. Relapse is now available on torrents. All i Can say… this album is outstanding, out of this world, i’m goning to listen to it all night long.

  3. I listened to the album on YouTube. I recommend “Beautiful” and “Deja Vu.” They are the more serious songs on the track as they are written in the words of Marshall Mathers as opposed to just a character.

  4. Sorry, but as a big fan of eminem, i think this album is sucks.
    i just dont love the new eminem, whats heppened to our old eminem ? with the rap voice and not some chik.
    maybe its because the drugs impect, hope not.

  5. I only had a chance to listen to half of album Relapse. The only song I liked, so far, on the album is “Beautiful.” BUT Em is not as strong, powerful, angry or edgy as he had been in the past.

    I’m glad he is sober, but I don’t really like his new image or sound!

    1. well i haven’t been able to listen to the rest of his album yet…i have seen the Crack A Bottle video yesterday and very honestly i think it sucks…and those who hate me for speaking out my honest opinion, there is nothing i can do for you…also, people have to put away that stupid ” I owe Eminem to buy his album, because i am a devoted fan” mentality…as much as i like Eminem, i don’t owe him to buy his album, if i consider that it is not good…and if i was to talk to Eminem face to face, I’d tell him that his new music sucks…believe me, he would appreciate that much more than being a brainless “dickrider”…

  6. WOW!!! WHAT A GARBAGE ALBUM. THE DRUGS FUCKED YOU UP SHELLSHOCK STATUS. MAYBE YOU SHOULD START DOING DRUGS AGAIN AND MAKE ANOTHER COME BACK ALBUM. STAN WOULD HAVE REGRETTED SUICIDE IF HE HEARD THIS.

    1. his dopest albums were written “under the influence” that’s a matter of fact…but i am asking myself if it isn’t precisely his huge drug use that messed him up…

  7. I’m finally glad to see people stating their true feelings about the new Eminem album, regardless if they are a fan or not! I was getting sick of people defending his new sound/accent just because they are fans. Like Isabelle… I refuse to kiss ass!

    If Marshall asked me face to face what I thought of the album you can damn better believe he would hear my true feelings… and from what I have heard so far, I’m NOT impressed!!!

    1. Donna, i totally agree…i am not impressed with most songs i heard already…I feel the same…if i had the occasion to talk to Eminem face to face, i would have the honesty to tell him why i don’t like his new releases…some people can say that “Isa is not a fan any more”, i don’t care…it is precisely because I respect Eminem that I’d tell him the truth about how i feel about his music…shame on the asskissers!

  8. Isa,
    You are a true fan, but the difference is, you respect him and yourself enough to tell the truth and others are not as strong or honest as you!!! I TOTALLY respect you for your honesty and I know he would too!!!!!!!

  9. Isa,
    Regardless what anyone says, stand true to yourself and your opinion… your truth and honesty is what makes you stand above the rest. I wish there were more leaders like you and less followers!!!

    I’m proud of you, girl!

  10. In don’t think It’s so much that being sober is ruining his edge, but that the mood-stabilizing medication he’s on is keeping him from experiencing intense emotions to illustrate on the pad like he did previously.

    He’s a Manic-Depressive, so he has intense emotional/thought processes, making his potential and aim for lyrics pretty much infinite.

    Of course, if he did begin to take illicit drugs again, he’d be thrown of emotional balance again, probably leading to some new hits.

    It’s cool he’s sober, but now i have to be high to listen to him. When I listen to Marshall Mathers LP, It’s like i am getting high. It’s like he make’s his good time, your good time, without all the side-effects

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