Eminem has admitted he finds rapping about his mental health ‘therapy’ as he opens up about his new album
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Eminem has praised the effects of rap on your mental health, calling it “therapy”.
Slim Shady’s star, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, hit the stage in the late ’90s and has won 15 Grammy Awards.
The 49-year-old is often open about his struggles with mental health and has rapped about it on a number of tunes.
And speaking to Sway in the Morning on Sirius XM Radio, he was full of praise for the genre.
He was asked by the host how rapping about mental health and addiction has been transformative for him and replied, “I think that’s one of the great things about rap music… you could put a lot of your life into it.
“I was just trying to figure out how to extend that and I got lost.”
He added: “It’s the treatment and you know, that’s the way it’s always been for me. But with this album, with Boogie’s new album, the title, everything is great.
Throughout his career, emotional rapping has shared some of the most intimate moments of his life in his lyrics.
He also previously revealed about his 2007 drug overdose and how he overcame his addiction with exercise.
Speaking to Men’s Magazine in 2015, he said, “In 2007, I overdosed and I had to go to the hospital. I weighed almost 230 pounds. I’m not sure how I got this big, But I have an idea.”
“The coating on Vicodin and Valium that I’ve been on for years leaves a hole in your stomach, so to avoid stomach upset, I was constantly eating – and eating badly.”
In one of his latest songs co-produced by Dr Dre, Eminem compares himself to Elvis Presley.
The tune, which is from the soundtrack of the new Elvis movie, features a Jailhouse Rock soundtrack.
In the song, Eminem raps the lyrics: “I’m going to explain to you all the similarities between Elvis and me.
“It seems obvious: first, he was as pale as me / Second, we were both hailed as kings / He used to rock the Prison, and I used to rock The Shelter.
“I stole black music, yes yes, probably used it / As a tool against kids going to school / Kids going back to some bathroom *** / Now I call the haters is the bidet / Because they get mad because they can’t do s***.”
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