Lil Wayne, Eminem, Erykah Badu, & More SURVIVE For GQ Mag's ROCK Issue, Reveal Details Of Drug Pasts
In a cover feature surrounding artists who have survived drug and addiction issues that all come with the rockstar life (and some reveal how they survive the life without drugs), rappers Eminem and Lil Wayne are covering GQ magazine alongside musician Keith Richards.
We've got the other artists involved in the feature, what Em said about his drug induced past (it got crazier than we all thought), behind the scenes video, and more inside...
GQ said about this issue: “The Survivors.” The ones who keep going, evolve, even flourish, long enough for us to still be listening to them ten, twenty, even fifty years later. Forty-six artists about whom you’ll never say, “I only like their early work.” The legends—or legends-in-the-making—who refuse to die, quit, back down or shut up.
He's a little hazy about that time, but Eminem revealed how years ago before entering rehab, he took somewhere between sixty and ninety pills a day, including Valium, Vicodin, Ambien, and Seroquel (used to treat schizophrenia). His interiew goes ino crazy detail and how he overcame it:
“I’m very much a creature of habit. If I’m used to waking up in the morning and having [a Red Bull], I could do it every morning for the next ten years straight until I find something else to move on to. So if I’m used to taking a Vicodin when I wake up in the morning because I’m hungover from -drinking or taking pills…The bigger the crowd, the bigger my habit got.”
"Look, every addict in rehab feels like everyone's staring at them. With me? Everyone was staring at me. I could never be comfortable. There were people there that treated me normal. Then there were a bunch of fucking idiots who aren't even concentrating on their own sobriety because they're so worried about mine. They're stealing my hats, my books—it was chaos. Everything was drama in there. And at the time, I didn't really want to get clean. Everybody else wanted me to. And anyone will tell you: If you're not ready, nothing is going to change you. Love, nothing."
"I came to in the hospital and I didn't know what the fuck happened," he says. "Tubes in me and shit, fuckin' needles in my arms. I didn't realize I had [overdosed]. I wanted my drugs—get me the fuck outta there! I think I was clean for two weeks. I was trying so hard—I was trying to do it for my kids—but I just wasn't ready."
Check out his full interview over at GQ.
Wayne, Erykah, Raekwon and others' interviews go live over the next few weeks.
Check out the behind the scenes footage of the cover and feature shoot above.