Eminem appeared on his manager Paul Rosenberg’s podcast Paul Pod recently and spoke about his highly publicized 2007 fentanyl overdoes. “I remember when I first got sober and all the shit was out of my system, I remember just being, like, really happy and everything was fucking new to me again,” he said about working on his 2009 album ‘Relapse’. “It was the first album and the first one that I had fun recording in a long time.”
He went on to say, “It was like the first time I started having fun with music again and relearning how to rap. You remember that whole process, [it] took a long time for my brain to start working again.” Rosenburg said doctors had to “stabilize” him with a number of medications and it took some time for them to kick in. “So, you’re learning how to rap again almost literally, right?” He said. “Because it’s the first time, probably, you were creating without having substances in your body in, however many years, right?”
Eminem replied, “Didn’t you ask the doctors when I first started rapping again, didn’t you say like, ‘I just wanna make sure he doesn’t have brain damage?’” Rosenburg responded saying, “Yeah. I thought you might have some permanent problems. Yeah. I was concerned, for sure.”
This all took place when he was beefing back and forth with Mariah Carey which has now gone on for about a straight 20 years, but one of the first things he did after recovering was making a diss track against her and her then husband Nick Cannon in 2009. Titled Bagpipes in Baghdad, he started off with a whiny “Mariah, whatever happened to us? Why did we have to break up?” before taking a hit at Cannon saying, “Nick Cannon, you pr–k, I wish you luck with the f–kin’ whore.” Carey responded with her hit Obsessed talking about him and his addictions and ultimately having the rapper who was portrayed as an obsessed fan get hit by a bus.
In other Eminem news, he’s been announced as a winner of a Creative Arts Emmy Award, taking him a step closer to becoming an EGOT winner. And the Superbowl Halftime show he was a part of alongside Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent and Anderson .Paak that brought them all 3 Emmy awards this past weekend is being pushed to be taken on the road by the music director behind the show, Adam Blackstone.