Eminem, Lil’ Wayne and Keith Richards are featured on GQ’s November 2011 ‘Gods of Rock’ cover. In the November edition the magazine talks to all three men about beating the odds despite issues with drugs and alcohol.
In his interview Eminem talks about how his addiction can be traced by listening to his albums, and why it took him so long to complete Encore:
“Five or six songs leaked from the original version of Encore,” he says. “So I had to go in and make new songs to replace them. In my head I was pissed off: ‘Oh well. Songs leaked. Fuck it. I’m just going to take a bunch of fucking pills and go in there and have a party with myself.’ I’m sure the more pills I took, the goofier I got.”
Discussing his reason for getting clean and sober after his second relapse:
”I had a feeling in my arm that was weird, man,” he says. “Like, it really freaked me out. So I went to some people I trust and said, ‘Look, I know I need help. I’m ready now.’ I got a room in the same hospital where I overdosed, and I detoxed.”
On being the underdog again:
“On an emotional level, I want my music to connect with the same kid who I was,” he says. “So it was like, ‘Okay, let me get serious. Because I feel like I’m being wrote off right now, and I’m kind of on my last leg.’ I felt like the underdog again.”
To read the the entire interview and the other interviews in this issue click here.