Eminem has admitted he finds rapping about his mental health ‘therapeutic’ as he opens up about his new album
Eminem has praised the effects rapping can have on your mental health, calling it “therapeutic”.
The Slim Shady star, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, burst onto the scene late in the ’90s and has gone on to win 15 Grammy Awards.
The 49-year-old has often been open about his struggles with mental health and has rapped about it on a number of tunes.
And speaking to Sway in the Morning on Sirius XM Radio, he was full of praise for the genre.
He was asked by the host how rapping about mental health and addiction was transformative to him and responded: “I think that’s one of the great things about rap music… is that you could put so much of your life in it.
“I was just trying to figure out how to expand on that and I kinda got lost.”
He added: It’s therapeutic and it’s, you know, that’s how it’s always been for me. But with this album, with this new Boogie album, the title, everything is f***ing great.
Throughout his career, the rapping sensation has shared some of the most intimate moments of his life in his lyrics.
He has also previously opened up about his drug overdose in 2007 and how he managed to overcome his addiction by exercising.
Speaking to Men’s Journal in 2015, he said: “In 2007, I overdosed on pills, and I went into the hospital. I was close to 230 pounds. I’m not sure how I got so big, but I have ideas.
“The coating on the Vicodin and the Valium I’d been taking for years leaves a hole in your stomach, so to avoid a stomachache, I was constantly eating — and eating badly.”
The tune, which is from the soundtrack for the new Elvis film, has Jailhouse Rock in the background.
In the song, Eminem raps the lyrics: “I’m about to explain to you all the parallels between Elvis and me.
“It seems obvious: one, he’s pale as me/ Second, we both been hailed as kings/ He used to rock the Jailhouse, and I used to rock The Shelter.
“I stole black music, yeah, true, perhaps used it / As a tool to combat school kids / Kids came back on some bathroom s*** / Now I call a hater a bidet / ’Cause they mad that they can’t do s***.”