Macklemore reveals 2014 drug relapse

29 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Macklemore Admits To Drug Relapse — Criticism And Career Stress To Blame.

Macklemore, who’s been fairly quiet since finishing promotion and tours for his 2012 smash album The Heist, broke his silence in a new cover story for the August/September 2015 issue of Complex.In the Complex magazine cover story this month, Macklemore opens up about having a relapse last year as he struggled to cope with the pressures of celebrity. “I held it together for a while.

Eventually, he started getting high on marijuana. “I’m in meetings with management with sunglasses on and I’m rolling around like a 15-year-old trying not to get caught smoking weed in my car,” he recalls, saying he became “sneaky” and “deceitful” to those closest to him. “Straight up, driving all around here, like I was 15 years ago. I get grateful again.” The article details the rapper’s process alongside longtime producer Ryan Lewis in-depth, including that a sabbatical in Idaho yielded “six serious ‘imperative’ songs” to counterbalance “the handful of ‘fun’ songs they recorded at home in Seattle.” “My vantage point isn’t pointing the finger at anyone else anymore,” Macklemore told Complex. “It’s pointing the finger at myself…it’s different when — [with] cultural appropriation and white privilege in regard to hip-hop — you’re the example.” He’s been actively trying to expand his understanding, participating an “Understanding Institutional Racism” workshop and trying to “engage in the conversation,” in his words. “How do I participate in this conversation in a way that I’m not preaching, where I’m not appearing like I know it all?” the rapper asked. “How do I authentically initiate discourse without co-opting the movement that’s already happening? You are constantly having to check your intention as a white person doing any sort of antiracist work.” Macklemore admires Kendrick Lamar’s high-concept album, but believes his own is more based in the individual songs. “I would say there’s better cohesiveness than the last album,” adds Ryan Lewis, “but, like anything we’ve done, it has a variety to it. Now the “Thrift Shop” emcee is opening up about his recent relapse in the August/September issue of Complex. “I don’t feel like I’m grown up.

What am I escaping here?” “I was super-stressed,” he admits. “We weren’t sleeping – doing a show every day, zigzagging all over the country. All the clichés, man — like not being able to walk around, having no privacy, and from this TV appearance to this TV appearance, and the criticism, and the lack of connection, and the lack of meetings — all of that put into one pie was just … I just wanted to escape.” The rapper spiralled back into old habits of taking pills and smoking marijuana. He stopped making music and routinely showed up to meetings high, the article reveals. “Everyone knew, but they didn’t necessarily know.” When his fiancée Tricia Davis found sleeping pills hidden in his shoe, he says he sobered up for a bit, but soon turned to extravagant shopping sprees in attempt to deal with his stress.

None of the money, the fame, the attention … none of that … comes close to the fulfillment and gratitude that I feel showing up to a meeting and being sober today.” These days, Macklemore says he has a healthy morning routine filled with meditation, yoga, journaling and attending meetings. Clearly, it’s helped him with his new music. “The sobriety was the wake-up call that I needed,” he stresses. “And, as it always works, the minute that I start actively seeking recovery – not just sobriety, but recovery – music is there.

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