Eminem had to learn to rap again after near-fatal drug overdose in 2007

He's now been clean for 12 years

Eminem has opened up on how he had to learn to rap again after suffering a near-fatal drug overdose.

The rap icon suffered a near-fatal prescription pill overdose in 2007, which prompted him to successfully seek help. He celebrated 12 years of sobriety last year.

But in a new interview to promote ‘Music To Be Murdered By: Side B’, Eminem explained that the overdose meant he was forced to relearn a number of skills – including rapping itself.

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While discussing the track ‘Zeus’ — which sees him apologising to Rihanna for a leaked 2009 verse in which he references her notorious assault by Chris Brown – he explained that the leaked verse emerged during the period when he was honing his rapping skills once more.

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Eminem (Picture: C Flanigan/WireImage)

“Like the rhyme schemes didn’t even sound like familiar to me,” Eminem said. “So I was caught off-guard too. I was like, ‘What the fuck, I said that?’ I said it and I was wrong for saying that [line about Rihanna]. It was fucking stupid.

“You know, a lot of times, especially with the ‘Relapse’ record, when I first started learning how to rap again, because of the drug situation that I went through and having to relearn a lot of things, that was one of those things that it was like: ‘Well, if it rhyme, say it.'”

Eminem initially wrote the offending verse for his 2009 album ‘Relapse’ but the song it featured in was scrapped, although it eventually leaked online in November 2019.

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He rapped: “Of course I side with Chris Brown / I’d beat a bitch down too / If she gave my dick an itch, now.”

Apologising to Rihanna in the interview, he added: “I should have thought better of it. You know, it was one of those things that, like I said, I don’t even remember recording, but record a lot of songs. So it was like, it’s, it’s tough sometimes.”

Eminem recently delivered a humble estimation of his own legacy – admitting he doesn’t feel as influential as some of rap’s other icons.

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