Although he has now been clean for 12 years, Eminem 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.
In a recent interview, Eminem explained that the overdose meant he was forced to relearn a number of skills, including rapping itself.
While seizing the opportunity to apologise to Rihanna for a leaked verse referencing the infamous Chris Brown assault, he claimed to have “zero recollection” of penning the verse, explaining he was just rapping whatever rhymed because he was learning how to rap again.
“Like the rhyme schemes didn’t even sound like familiar to me,” he 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. 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 then told the interviewer Rizzy, “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.”