Eminem has expressed gratitude for surviving his struggles with drug addiction, though he acknowledges his memories are fuzzy. "I'm definitely thankful," he told BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe in an interview last night (November 19). "I could have went another direction."
The Marshall Mathers LP 2 rapper continued: "I'm able to be more focused now than I've ever been. But I'm also able to put in perspective. The problem is I can't put a lot in perspective, because there's a lot that ... there's a lot that I don't remember." He added: "There's so many addicts in this world, and people who have problems like that, that don't make it. So I'm thankful for that. I think that's one thing that really helps me through, and keeps me pushing forward is the music, and the passion for that."
Slim Shady also addressed celebrity ("I want to be able to eat a fucking sandwich and be left alone ... I've never been an attention seeker"), his respect for producer Rick Rubin, the lack of a "Stan 2" on the new album, and various other subjects. As shown in an early teaser, Eminem opens the interview by saying he's peeing in the studio, in an effort to top Kanye West's much-publicized, Jimmy Kimmel Live!-spotlighted interview with the BBC's Lowe.
Watch the first 13 minutes of the interview above, or listen to the whole hour-long show over on the BBC's website. See him perform MMLP2's "Berzerk" with a full live band at BBC's Maide Vale studios below.