Eminem and Lil Wayne are just two of the rap heavyweights included in GQ’s Gods of Rock issue.
In the magazine, currently on stands, Eminem speaks about his time in rehab, prior to the release of 2009’s Relapse album, where he was trying to kick his pill habit, an addiction that nearly killed him.
“Look every addict in rehab feels like everyone’s staring at them,” he said. “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.”
Meanwhile, Lil Wayne, who is currently banned from partaking in any alcohol (or dugs of course) due to his probation from a 2008 arrest in Arizona, says he misses smoking marijuana.
“I’m good,” he said. “I ain’t tripping. I’m used to it now. But I was never on heroin or cocaine or Ecstasy or nothing like that. I drank syrup and smoked a lot of weed. I wish I could be back on it. That’s how it fucking feels. ‘How does it feel to be sober?’ I’ll be like, ‘It feels fucked up.’ What do you want me to say? ‘It feels great’? No. I was on something that the doctor prescribed. I was ill, and that was helping me. I cannot wait until I get off probation, sweetheart. Not for syrup. No not for syrup. I stopped syrup May 9 of 2009. But nobody knew. Because I still rapped about it. Because I respect the culture of where it came from. I still rep that shit.”
In addition to Em and Weezy, other rappers in the November 2011 issue of GQ include Raekwon and The Dungeon Family. For more on GQ’s Gods of Rock visit here. —Elan Mancini