Rapper Eminem talked to Complex magazine about his latest album, Relapse, his upcoming album, Relapse 2, and his addiction to prescription drugs.
He opened up about his battle with addiction, comparing it to Jackson’s struggle with pills, although he cautioned that it’s hard to decipher what reports about Jackson were true, much like his own life.
“Oh, 100 percent,” Eminem said when asked about parallels between Jackson’s demise and his own battle. “When you read things about Michael Jackson it’s hard to decipher what the f— is true, but there’s the story of how he woke up at whatever time and he needed something to go back to sleep because he has this or that and it didn’t work—that’s exactly what used to happen to me,” he continued. “I would take a couple of pills and I would be up an hour later and I’d want more.”
“It’s one of the pitfalls of fame,” he added. “I could just say, ‘Yo, I need this and this and this,’ and they’re going to give me whatever I want.”
Eminem has been sober for the past 20 months, and he said his addiction has been channeled away from drugs into activities like jogging and studio time.
“When I finished Relapse, I had a whole album of material that didn’t make it that I wasn’t ready to throw away, so that was going to be Relapse 2,” he explained. “But then I got with (Dr.) Dre in Hawaii and started recording more, and now the new material has knocked out all the old songs. But yeah, the new material is definitely different.”
“Making Relapse, I was still working the drugs out of my system, so there was a lot of … just jokey sh–,” he said. “It was a lot of punch line-y, funny, shock value—kind of going back to The Slim Shady LP. And that was cool, but I’ve kind of flipped the page. Now I’m going for songs instead of one-liners. I don’t want to make sh– that you hear once and then the joke’s over—I want to make records that you could play a hundred times, a thousand times.”