By: Rob Brayl
Eminem is back and stronger than ever. The controversial rapper who struggled for years with an addiction to painkillers and anti-depressants, is now clean and spitting rhymes fused with an edge of deep-rooted empowerment. Eminem, who nearly lost his life after an accidental methadone overdose, admitted to popping as many as 20 pills a day at the height of his problems.
A perhaps unlikely source, Sir Elton John, helped Eminem throughout his battle with coming clean. John battled drugs and alcohol addictions early on in his career, but has been sober since the 1980s. The odd pairing first caused controversy when John made a surprise appearance with Eminem at the 2001 Grammy Awards. Many protested the collaboration, citing Eminem’s lyrics at the time as being filled with hatred and homophobia. But that all seems to be a thing of the past, as Eminem’s new single Not Afraid is heightened with a true sense of maturity, showcasing the rapper rising from the ash of a dark journey, using the strength he’s gained from being sober to create a remarkably memorable song.
It’s undoubtedly an anthem for anyone who has ever felt afraid to face the demons in their own life.
In an interview with BBC Radio in January, John said: “I’ve been helping Eminem over the last 18 months and he’s doing brilliantly.”
Watch the incredible video (directed by Rich Lee) below.