Eminem Opens Up About Taking Prescription Pills
Recently speaking out on his addiction to prescription pills, Eminem has revealed that the prescription drug Ambien caused him to lose large chunks of his memory. Taking upwards of 60 Valium and 30 Vicodin pills a day, the rapper formed his addiction to the pills in 2002...
Claiming his addiction was worsened while filming his debut semi-autobiographical movie, '8 mile', he spoke to Rolling Stone Magazine on that period of his life: "I don’t know if it sounds like I’m making excuses, but the absolute truth is a lot of my memory is gone. I don’t know if you’ve ever taken Ambien, but it’s kind of a memory-eraser. That s**t wiped out five years of my life."
Eminem went on to reveal that often when watching previous performances of himself, he does not remember them taking place, and that people often need to remind him of certain events. He also attributes the pills to a four-year long stretch of writers block.
Revealing that he’s kept some of his writing from that period "as a reminder that I don’t ever want to go back", he describes the pages as having letters all down the page. "It was like my hand weighed 400 pounds," he goes on to describe.
Recently re-lighting the music scene with his contributions, we’re glad to hear that this dark period in the rapper’s life is now over.
Words: Alya Mooro (@MoorizZLA)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)