Eminem opened up about how hard it was for him to return to the recording studio and rap after entering rehab for drug addiction back in the early 2000’s.
The real slim shady – whose name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III – forced himself to kick his longtime substance abuse habit after suffering a near-fatal drug overdose in 2007, and got back into the studio to work on songs for the follow-up to 2004’s Encore.
The ‘Lose Yourself’ hitmaker said he was so “scatterbrained”, he felt like he would have to learn how to rap again.
“I certainly have not had a perfect career. I’ve put out bad albums,” he said. “Encore was mediocre, and with Relapse – it was the best I could do at that point in time. (Relapse) was a funny album for me because I was just starting back rapping after coming out of addiction.”
Encore is the fifth studio album by American rapper Eminem. It was released by Aftermath Entertainment, Shady Records, and Interscope Records in November 2004.
“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 (anxiety medication) and Vicodin (painkiller). I almost had to relearn how to rap.”
Eminem was able to redeem his name with 2010’s Recovery, which won the Best Rap Album Grammy Award in 2011.
His eighth studio album, Revival, was released on December 15, 2017.