Eminem calls rapping about his mental health issues ‘therapeutic’

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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 in the late ’90s and won 15 Grammy Awards.

The 49-year-old has often been open about his mental health struggles and has rapped about it on several tracks.

And speaking to Sway in the Morning on Sirius XM Radio, he raved about the genre.

The host asked him how rapping about mental health and addiction changed him and replied, “I think that’s one of the great things about rap music…is that you you can devote a large part of your life to it.

“I was just trying to figure out how to develop this and I got a little lost.”



Eminem called mental health rapping ‘therapeutic’

He added: It’s therapeutic and that’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 fine.

Throughout his career, the rap 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 through exercise.

Speaking to Men’s Journal in 2015, he said: “In 2007 I overdosed on pills and went to the hospital. I was almost 230 pounds. I don’t know how I got so big, but I have ideas.

“The coating on Vicodin and Valium that I had been taking for years leaves a hole in my stomach, so to avoid stomach upset, I ate constantly – and I ate badly.”

In one of his latest songs co-produced by Dr. Dre, Eminem compares himself to Elvis Presley.

The tune, which is taken from the soundtrack to Elvis’ new movie, has Jailhouse Rock in the background.



Eminem performed at the Super Bowl in February
Eminem performed at the Super Bowl in February

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 like me / Two, we both got hailed like royalty / He used to rock the Jailhouse and I used to rock The Shelter.

“I stole some black music, yeah, that’s right, I might have used it / As a tool to fight the school kids / The kids came back on some bathroom bullshit / Now I’m calling a hater a bidet / ‘Cause they mad they can’t do shit.”

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