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Eminem has recorded four albums sober—and counting.
Over the weekend, the rap star told fans about his progress via Twitter and Instagram. “Celebrated my 10 years yesterday,” the rapper born Marshall Mathers wrote, while holding his Alcoholics Anonymous coin. Emblazoned with the Roman numeral X and the words “service,” “unity,” and “recovery,” the international aid organization gives out these coins when members reach the milestone.
The 45-year-old artist has struggled with substance abuse issues and lionized his use of drugs on early career songs like “My Fault,” “Drug Ballad,” and “Purple Pills.” But it was abusing prescription drugs like Ambien and Vicodin that did the most damage, he says. Both 2009’s Relapse and 2010’s Recovery chronicled his road to sobriety, and December’s Revival details a 2007 drug overdose that nearly killed him.
For once on social media, the replies to Eminem’s Twitter post were heartfelt and inspiring and fans tweeted their AA coins in solidarity while opening up.
Day one I actually looked up a bunch of artists that were sober and you and aoki and Barker inspired me the most; congrats my dude! I hope to be there one day! pic.twitter.com/vhQ4br1aDI
— oscar wylde (@OMFGITSOSCAR) April 22, 2018
Congrats man. I had my 1 year yesterday too . pic.twitter.com/1wwiYeb2KF
— Nick (@High_Like_Delta) April 22, 2018
Sunday night the rapper closed Coachella with a 90-minute set that included guest appearances from Skylar Grey, Dr. Dre, and 50 Cent.
Ramon Ramirez is the news director, and formerly the Dot's entertainment editor and evening editor. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Grantland, Washington City Paper, Austin American-Statesman, and Austin Monitor.