Recently when speaking to Billboard, T.I. revealed that after a medical procedure, he feared he had developed an addiction to oxycontin and hydrocodone. He reached out to Eminem, an ex drug abuser, for help to overcome his drug addiction.
“I asked him how he knew he was an addict. [He said] basically, if you put yourself in harm’s way… if you risk that, you’ve got to assume that there is something fundamentally wrong with your thought process.”
He also spoke on Em supporting him, Slaughterhouse, Yelawolf and more.
On Eminem still supporting him: “I haven’t had a chance to speak to Em since I’ve been home. I heard that while I was down, he was trying to get in contact with me, but I don’t know if the dots just didn’t connect. [Eminem] overcoming his own adversities, winning the battle against his own demons and continuing to break the mold and reset the standard of what it means to be the most successful hip-hop artist in the game… I salute that to no end.”
On Eminem’s current projects: “I love what he’s doing with Slaughterhouse. I love the move that he made to sign Yelawolf. And the record with him and Royce da 5’9″ … that record is going h.a.m. He killed that BET Hip-Hop Awards cypher. I’ve been peeping the move[ment].”
On what he would tell someone struggling with Addiction: “It starts with you on the inside. I can give all the advice in the world, but at the end of the day you just got to make that decision internally with yourself. You have to see that you are ready to make a change. Until that moment comes, all advice in the world is going to be in vain cause I’m going to be talking to a brick wall. Everybody can tell you what you need to do, how to do it, when you need to do it, how bad you need to do it. But until you get that right ass whipping, as they say, and until you have hit rock bottom or have seen something in yourself that is so out of character and it displeases you so much that you just have no choice but to change it … then you ain’t going to see it.”
Bonus: T.I. talks working with Usher and new album. – Billboard