NewsWritten by Sarah Bella on June 28, 2013
It’s no secret that Eminem has battled drug addiction in the past but in the new documentary How To Make Money Selling Drugs, the real Slim Shady candidly talks about the extent of his problem with prescription medication.
In the doco, Marshall Mathers III opens up about how his Vicodin use crept up on him until he was a full-blown addict close to death.
“Had I got to the hospital about 2 hours later, I would have died,” he says. “My organs were shutting down – my liver, kidneys, everything. They were going to have to put me on dialysis. They didn’t think I would make it.”
Em also discusses his hairy journey to sobriety in the clip, describing 3 weeks with no sleep while detoxing off the sedatives.
How To Make Money Selling Drugs also features interviews with 50 Cent, one-time dealer Freeway Ricky Ross and retired Baltimore cop-turned-activist Neill Franklin, examining America’s “war on drugs”, styled as a 10-part sales presentation for wannabe dealers.
Eminem is set to release his yet-to-be-named eighth studio album later this year and recently made a brief appearance on a DJ Tony Touch mixtape.
Watch: Eminem – How To Make Money Selling Drugs
Gallery: Musicians with “drug problems”
David Bowie – He did so much coke in the ’70s that he told magazines like Playboy and Rolling Stone that he thought witches were stealing his semen and that the Rolling Stones were sending him secret messages.
Doc McGhee – Bon Jovi’s manager was convicted of smuggling 40,000 pounds of marijuana into the United States from South America in 1988 but got off with just a suspended sentence.
Fiona Apple – spent a night in the slammer this year after the cops found hash on her tour bus in Texas and accused the cops of acting in an “inappropriate and probably illegal” manner.
Izzy Stradlin – The Guns N’ Roses guitarist was ordered to get rid of all the drugs in his possession by his manager upon entering Japan to tour...so he took ‘em all at once and wound up in a 96 hour coma.
Lil’ Wayne – His tour bus was stopped by US Border Patrol in Texas and 105 grams of weed, almost 29 grams of coke and 41 grams ecstasy were found. The rapper was sentenced to 3 years probation.
Louis Armstrong – The original muso drug bust. Armstrong was arrested in November 1930 while smoking marijuana and got a 6 month suspended sentence.
Pete Doherty – In 2005, a documentary maker sold pictures of Pete smoking heroin to the tabloids, which led to his arrest.
Scott Weiland – In 1995, the Stone Temple Pilots singer was convicted of buying crack. In 1998, he was busted buying heroin (reportedly dressed like a pimp) and went to jail for his efforts.
Sly Stone – Cocaine’s a helluva drug. Sly has multiple arrests for cocaine possession over the years and by 2011 he was reportedly homeless and living out of his van.
Willie Nelson – The country singer is old hat at weed possession, being done in 1974, 1994, 2006 and 2010. The last occasion, in which he was done with 6oz, saw him pay a $1,024 fine and receive 6 months probation.
David Crosby – Went to jail for coke and heroin possession in ’82, then drove his car into a fence in ’85 with a gun and coke in his car.
George Harrison – The Beatle was arrested for hash possession on the day of Paul and Linda McCartney’s wedding, forcing him and wife Pattie Boyd to miss his friends' big day
Jonny Craig – After numerous reported problems involving heroin, the Dance Gavin Dance frontman was charged with 2 counts of illegal drug use, 2 counts of possession of narcotics and sent to a court-ordered rehab facility.
Snoop Lion – Amongst a plethora of drug arrests, he’s currently banned from entering Norway after trying to enter the country in possession of 8 grams of reefer. Norway! Who doesn't want to go there?!