AceShowbiz - Eminem is opening up about his past struggles with substance abuse. During his appearance in an episode of Paul Rosenberg's podcast "Paul Pod", the rapper reflected on his near-fatal overdose 15 years ago.
"It took a long time for my brain to start working again," Em said to his longtime manager. Paul then shared, "You literally were coming off of an overdose, and they had to sort of stabilize you with a few medications."
The host went on to divulge, "And some of them took you a minute to adjust to-let's just leave it at that. So, you're learning how to rap again almost literally, right? Because it's the first time, probably, you were creating without having substances in your body in…however many years, right?"
"The Real Slim Shady" spitter also recounted how Paul expressed concern about the long-term effects of the overdose. "Didn't you ask the doctors when I first started rapping again, didn't you say, 'I just wanna make sure he doesn't have brain damage'?" the Grammy-winning rapper said. To that, Paul answered, "Yeah. I thought you might have some permanent problems. Yeah. I was concerned, for sure."
Prior to this, Shady revealed he had been battling an addiction to prescription pills. Back in 2007, he was hospitalized after accidentally ODing on methadone.
The emotional interview arrived a month after the hip-hop star dropped his greatest hits album, "Curtain Call 2". The 35-track project included cuts from "The Marshall Mathers LP2", "Recovery" and "Relapse", which was Em's first full-length release after his overdose.
In a separate interview, Em previously admitted that "Relapse" wasn't his best effort. "Encore was mediocre, and with Relapse-it was the best I could do at that point in time," he told Vulture in 2017. "['Relapse'] was a funny album for me because I was just starting back rapping after coming out of addiction. I was so scatterbrained that the people around me thought that I might have given myself brain damage. I was in this weird fog for months. Like, literally I wasn't making sense; it had been so long since I'd done vocals without a ton of Valium and Vicodin. I almost had to relearn how to rap."