Eminem Celebrates 11 Years of Sobriety
While many artists in the rap game celebrate and partake in the pill-popping culture, rap vet Eminem has been there and done that. Nowadays, he's exalting the sober life and Shady just rejoiced over his 11th year being drug free.
Em shared the news with fans on Instagram on Saturday (April 20). In the photo, he shows off a commemorative coin he received for reaching the milestone. "11 years - still not afraid," he captioned the pic. Friend and fellow rapper Royce da 5'9" commended Em for staying the course. "Happy 11th sobriety bday to my mentor and good friend @eminem 🙏🏿💪🏿👑👑👑," Nickel posted on Twitter.
This has become an annual thing for the Detroit rap god. He shared a similar pic last year showing off his 10-year commemorative coin. Eminem has been an open book about his issues with abusing prescription pills, most notably on the albums Relapse (2009) and Recovery (2010).
He spoke with XXL in 2009 about his struggles trying to quit. “I wasn't ready mentally. I wasn't ready to give up the drugs," Em said. "I didn't really think I had a problem. Basically, I went in, and I came out. I relapsed, and I spent the next three years struggling with it. Also, at that time, I felt like I wanted to pull back, because my drug problem had got so bad. I felt like, Maybe if I take a break, maybe this will help. I started to get into the producer role more... I can still be out there with my music, like with the Re-Up album, but I don't have to be in the spotlight the whole time.”
See Eminem celebrate 11 years of sobriety below.
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