Eminem Rock Hall speech: Rapper reveals this chilling secret

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Recording artist Eminem performs onstage at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for MTV)

Eminem is widely regarded as one of the greatest rappers of all time. Coming from Missouri, he was instrumental in popularizing the rap and hip-hop genres in Middle America.

The 50-year-old MC is one of the world’s best-selling musicians, having sold over 220 million records worldwide.

He was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2022 earlier this year. Eminem, a well-known hip-hop artist, has sparked debate over his eligibility and subsequent induction into the prestigious hall of fame.

On the other hand, Rock Hall defended the genre, noting how Rock and Roll essentially birthed the hip-hop genre and how it is inclusive of other genres.

Country music icon Dolly Parton’s induction, like Eminem’s, sparked debate about her unlikely induction from the Country category.

Eminem, now officially inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, delivered a speech last night at the Microsoft Theatre that perfectly summarized his relationship with drugs in 2007.

Eminem was addicted to various substances at the time, which led to his addiction and eventual drug overdose. Earlier this year, the “Godzilla” rapper revealed his near-fatal overdose experience in a podcast.

Eminem mentioned the encounter again in his speech:

“I almost died from an overdose in 2007, which kind of sucked.”

He then directed everyone’s attention to her daughter Hailie Mathers, who was with him in the audience.

He recalled, prompting laughter from the crowd:

“Hailie, plug your ears. Because drugs were f-king delicious. I thought we had a good thing going on, but I had to go and f-k it all up. Goddamn.”

In an interview with SiriusXM’s Shade45, Eminem and his longtime manager Paul Rosenberg reflected on the aftermath of the rapper’s drug withdrawal in 2007.

Rosenberg shared at the time:

“You literally were coming off of an overdose, and they had to sort of stabilize you with a few medications. And some of them took you a minute to adjust to – let’s just leave it at that.”

With his addiction behind him, Eminem couldn’t help but be grateful for being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

He gushed:

“And finally, I had to really fight my way through man to try and breakthrough in this music, and I’m so honoured and I’m so grateful that I’m even able to be up here doing hip-hip music, man, because I love it so much.”

Eminem is now one Tony Award away from becoming an EGOT, having received an Emmy Award this year for his successful performance at the NFL Superbowl Halftime Show alongside Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, and Mary J. Blige.