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Famous rapper, Royce da 5’9”, whose real name is Ryan Daniel Montgomery, revealed in a self-penned song on his new album that the fellow Detroit rapper Eminem helped him get sober.
In the upbeat “Stay Woke,” he raps, “Thanks to Marshall [Eminem] I’m sober, doin’ what I enjoy doin’.”
Montgomery, 40, also described the events in a recent interview. “He linked me up to my therapist, who is still my therapist today, and my sponsor, and I haven’t had a drink since. That was six years ago.”
He also said the before he even decided to get sober, Eminem, real name Marshall Mathers, said that he could call him if Montgomery thought he had a problem. At first it bothered Montgomery, who was then in denial, but after awhile began to come around.
Taking Marshall Up On His Offer
It was time to stop, he said. “If I don’t act on this feeling now,” he told himself, “I don’t think I’ll survive it.” In another interview the “Book of Ryan,” rapper explained his downfall.
“I was drinking every day, all the time. I would be drunk during all of my major appearances: the GRAMMYS, BET Awards, red carpets. Even when presenting awards I would be completely wasted. I was reaching a point, where I would have all of these messed up, bad choice of character people around me.” That’s when he decided to take Mathers up on his offer and call him for support.
However, that wasn’t the first time the two had an interaction. The pair go back all the way up until 1999, when the two Detroit natives created a rap duo, Bad Meets Evil, thanks to the duo’s mutual friend who introduced them, Proof. Their discography consists of one extended play (EP) and four singles. In 1999, the duo released a double non-album single, “Nuttin’ to Do” and “Scary Movies.”
“Eminem Helped Me All The Way Through”
“Eminem helped me all the way through,” Montgomery additionally notes. “He was one of the first people I called. I let him know I needed help. I came back to Detroit and he, Tracy McNew and Paul Rosenberg at Shady Records checked me into this hospital and I went and saw Em’s doctor. It was an inpatient thing, where they monitored me while I slept, with IV’s in me to make sure I didn’t succumb to alcohol withdrawal symptoms and that I could sleep right. I stayed in there for a few days and when I got out, I immediately started seeing my therapist, who I still see to this day.”
Eminem’s long battle with substance abuse and his recovery with the help of Elton John are well-known, and he seems to be passing the torch to other musicians.
The news and recent accolades come after Mathers, who celebrated a decade sober in April, originally got sober after an overdose in 2007. He shared his ten-year medallion on Instagram.