[photogallerylink id=122658 align=right]Back in 2010, it’s a little known fact that [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]T.I.[/lastfm] went through a series of oral surgeries. To cope with the pain he was prescribed Oxycontin and Hydrocodone, two very strong and highly addictive pain relievers. Unfortunately, T.I. recalled, his pain relief slowly but surely turned into a dependency and in fact addiction to the prescription pills. The Grand Hustle captain looked for help from a familiar voice, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Eminem[/lastfm].
Eminem, who famously beat his addictions and rebounded as the most successful hip hop artist out right now, hasn’t had the chance to talk to T.I. since his stint in federal prison and the halfway house, but the two share a bond that runs deep and has helped T.I. resurface as positive artist.
“I asked him how he knew he was an addict,” T.I. told VIBE in 2010. “[He said] basically, if you put yourself in harm’s way… if you risk that, you’ve got to assume that there is something fundamentally wrong with your thought process.” From then on, Em became and remains a huge support for Tip to stay clean and sober.
“I haven’t had a chance to speak to Em since I’ve been home,” T.I. said. “I heard that while I was down, he was trying to get in contact with me, but I don’t know if the dots just didn’t connect. [Eminem] overcoming his own adversities, winning the battle against his own demons and continuing to break the mold and re-set the standard of what it means to be the most successful hip-hop artist in the game … I salute that to no end.”
[photogallerylink id=128447 align=left]T.I. also used this time to talk about the inner struggle one goes through when trying to over come adversity, “It starts with you on the inside,” he said. “I can give all the advice in the world, but at the end of the day you just got to make that decision internally with yourself. You have to see that you are ready to make a change. Until that moment comes, all advice in the world is going to be in vain cause I’m going to be talking to a brick wall.”
“Everybody can tell you what you need to do, how to do it, when you need to do it, how bad you need to do it,” T.I. continued. “But until you get that right a** whipping, as they say, and until you have hit rock bottom or have seen something in yourself that is so out of character and it displeases you so much that you just have no choice but to change it … then you ain’t going to see it.”
T.I. “I’m Back”