American rapper Eminem had to teach himself how to rap again after overcoming an addiction to prescription drugs.
We Made You
hitmaker, who sought help for a dependency to prescription medications after overdosing in December 2007, felt "born again" after successfully overcoming his substance abuse problem, reports
"When I got clean and sober, it was like I was a kid again. Not to sound corny, I felt like I was born again. I had to learn my writing skills. I was re-learning how to rap. I didn't know if my skills were intact," he said.<b1>
"I actually had to learn how to say my lyrics again - how to phrase them, make them flow, how to use force so they sounded like I meant them. Rapping wasn't like riding a bike. It was as much physical as mental. I was re-learning basic motor skills. I couldn't control my hand shakes. I'd get in the recording booth and tried to rap, and none of it was clever and I wasn't saying it right," he said.
The 37-year-old star also opened up about how his drug use affected his creativity, admitting he felt like he was "frying" his brain.
"They stifled me. I don't know if I was frying brain cells or what, but I couldn't think. The drugs also made me lazy. I was lazy about everything. I'd get high and say, 'F**k writing rhymes. I wanna sit down, watch some TV and eat nachos - and watch more TV'," he said.