Eminem says it took ‘a long time’ for his brain to start working again after 2007 overdose

Eminem’s manager was so concerned about his star client’s health after a near-fatal overdose in 2007 that he feared Slim Shady would never be the same again. “It took a long time to get my brain working again,” Em told longtime showrunner Paul Rosenberg in this week’s episode. Paul Pod podcast on SiriusXM’s Shade45.

“You were literally coming out of an overdose and they had to stabilize you with some drugs. And some of them took you a minute to adjust to — let’s just put it at that,” Rosenberg recalled. “So you’re learning to rap again almost literally, right? Because it’s probably the first time you’ve created without substances in your body in ages, isn’t it?’

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It was so bad, Mathers said, that he remembers Rosenberg asking the medical team a very important question. “You didn’t ask the doctors when I first started rapping and I sent it to you, didn’t you say, ‘I just want to make sure he doesn’t have brain damage’?” Shady asked. Rosenberg said he was definitely worried at the time about Em’s ability to rap again.

And then when the song “Detroit Basketball” leaked, Rosenberg said his fears came to light because, well, “it wasn’t good.” Em said he thinks this was literally the first song he wrote sober. “And it was weird, because my brain was going back… I started going through lines, like, ‘Wait, that’s not good.’

The good news is that Rosenberg said it didn’t take long for his star client to get back into the groove. “It was quick. It was definitely worrying, but we’re only talking about five or six months in total,” he said. The first session back was in Florida, where Shady recalled his skin “itching,” which he didn’t realize at the time was a sign of the drugs being flushed out of his system as he was still actively in withdrawal.

“I was taking 75-80 Valium a night,” Eminem said, with both men amazed that he survived such a potentially lethal nighttime dose. The sessions with Dr. Dre in Florida took a while to click, but he just dropped the killer blackout anthem “3AM.” things started to come together. “I had just started watching a bunch of f—king serial killer documentaries,” Marshall said of his desire to sound like a “delusional” serial killer on the song.

The rhyme partners agreed that the best song Em did was the Curtain Call: The Hits bonus track “Fack,” though Rosenberg admitted at the time that he thought it wasn’t that great. Rosenberg also recalled that Marshall left after that album’s release to deal with his recovery and returned with “an album with a lot of f–king touches,” as the rapper described in 2009. Relapse.

As for the famous parade of funny voices on that compilation, Eminem said they just “built” and kept getting “fatter and fatter” and to this day he can’t even figure out what they were. “I didn’t really notice and I was so excited that you guys were making music and having a good time with it,” Rosenberg said. “In the end I went to play some music for some people and they said, ‘yeah, he’s rapping really well again, but what’s with the accents?’

“I remember when I was first sober and all the stuff was out of my system, I remember being really happy. Everything was like new to me again,” Em said of that time. “The [Relapse] it was the first album and the first time I had fun recording in a long time.” During this good time, the MC said, he actually had to relearn how to rap, and Rosenberg revealed that several songs were recorded that could have been a double album, which instead became Relapse: Refill and a series of leaks.

But, contrary to popular belief, there aren’t enough unheard songs left to make second Relapse album, Rosenberg assured fans. Em disagreed, saying they might be enough, but they’re “terrible songs” that won’t see the light of day.

“He was sick and I was so happy you weren’t brain damaged… permanently disabled from ever rapping again,” Rosenberg said of the chills he gets listening to. Relapse songs like “Underground” these days. Sometime after recording Relapse, However, Eminem returned to listen to an older album and realized his new work, “doesn’t feel like anything to me right now.” Looking back now, he doesn’t have a problem with the rhymes or the lines lyrically, but “just the tones… I felt like I sounded so flat on that s–t, I was cemented on that s–t, and then I bent it back b–ch and then I went to scratch the itch,” he said, releasing his emotions.

That’s why during the first session for the 2010s Recovery with Dre in Hawaii, Em was looking for that feeling from the beginning Slim Shady LP days. “It was literally like the king woke up and it happened in five minutes, 10 minutes of listening to some of my elders and I was like, ‘I need this to feel like this again,'” Marshall said. light bulb moment about the avalanche of stupid voices on the previous album.

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