Eminem‘s manager was so worried about his star client’s health after a near-fatal overdose in 2007 that he feared Slim Shady might never be the same again. “It took a long time for my brain to start working again,” Em said to longtime exec Paul Rosenberg on this week’s episode of the Paul Pod podcast on SiriusXM’s Shade45.
“You literally were coming off of an overdose, and they had to sort of stabilize you with a few medications. And some of them took you a minute to adjust to — let’s just leave it at that,” recalled Rosenberg. “So, you’re learning how to rap again almost literally, right? Because it’s the first time, probably, you were creating without having substances in your body in… however many years, right?”
It was so bad, Mathers said, that he remembers Rosenberg asking the medical team a very important question. “Didn’t you ask the doctors when I first started rapping again and sent it to you, didn’t you say, ‘I just wanna make sure he doesn’t have brain damage’?” Shady asked. Rosenberg said he was definitely concerned at the time about Em’s ability to rap again.
And then, when the “Detroit Basketball” song leaked out, Rosenberg said his fears came to light because, well, “it wasn’t good.” Em said he thinks that was literally the first song he wrote sober. “And it was f–king weird, because my brain was turning back on… I started going over lines, like, ‘Wait, that’s not good.’”
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