Celebrities, fame and success go together but when this happens, people can sometimes find themselves trapped in various kinds of addictions and alcoholism.
Renowned American rapper Eminem has been known for long for his great hip-hop tracks and marvelous rapping capabilities. He started performing rap at a young age of 14 and since then his interest towards hip-hop music developed.
Eminem’s singing career started off with his debut album ‘Infinite’ in 1996 a simultaneous personal struggle beginning with drug and alcohol abuse. His other successful rap, which made news all over is ‘The Slim Shady EP’. The major record-breaking hit came in 2000 when his album ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’ was released and hit the music charts with a bang.
Since the release of his debut album in 1995, Eminem was under heavy dose of sleeping pills including Vicodin, Valium, zolpidem and Ambien. In 2002, the news came that he had quit drugs and was no longer also dependent on alcohol. He cancelled his Anger Management 3 Tour and checked himself into the Popsomp Hills rehabilitation centre after the overdose of methadone in 2005 and underwent treatment for ‘dependency on sleepy medication’.
In an interview with BBC’s Jonathan Ross in 2009, Eminem says he had contemplated committing suicide. He said: “I just wasn’t taking care of myself, at times I wanted to just give it up.”
“Rap was my drug … Then I had to resort to other things to make me feel that. Now rap’s getting me high again.”
Eminem had a troubled personal life with family, legal and drug issues, which is actually reflected in his songs like ‘The Warning’, ‘The Way I Am’ and many more similar tracks.
After his successful recovery, he hit the music industry with Relapse 2 and bagged many awards including Grammy Awards, Academy Awards, ASCAP Awards and other Critics Choice Awards.
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