Rapper Royce da 5’9” On Eminem: "Thanks To Marshall I’m Sober"

By Victoria Kim 05/25/18

"He linked me up with my therapist, who is still my therapist today, and my sponsor...I haven’t had a drink since. That was 6 years ago."

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Royce da 5’9” is giving props to fellow Detroit rapper Eminem for showing him the way to sobriety.

Born Ryan Daniel Montgomery, the 40-year-old artist released a new album this month, Book of Ryan. In “Stay Woke,” he raps, “Thanks to Marshall, I’m sober doin what I enjoy doin.”

In a recent interview, Montgomery shared the conversation he had with Eminem (Marshall Mathers) that set his recovery in motion.

“Before I even decided to stop drinking, he was like, ‘If you ever feel like you got a problem, you know you can call me, right?’ I was like, ‘What kind of problem?’ He was like, ‘Just with drinking.’ I was like, ‘Oh shit. Okay. Thank you, man. I appreciate that,’” Montgomery shared with Rap-Up HQ. “It kind of bothered me for a while, because I didn’t know if he was saying that he felt like I had a problem. What was he saying? But I felt like that was cool of him as a friend to try to take that step with me.”

The rapper described the moment he came to terms with the depth of his problem. “It’s time to stop,” he told himself. “If I don’t act on this feeling now, I don’t think I’ll survive it.”

He called Mathers for support. “When I went home, he put me in this hospital with this doctor and I got some of the best sleep that I got in a long time,” he said.

Without missing a beat, Mathers set his friend’s foundation for sobriety. “He linked me up with my therapist, who is still my therapist today, and my sponsor today. I haven’t had a drink since. That was 6 years ago,” said Montgomery.   

Eminem celebrated a decade sober in April by sharing his 10-year medallion on Instagram. The “Lose Yourself” rapper got sober shortly after a 2007 overdose.

“Had I got to the hospital about two hours later, I would have died,” he said. “My organs were shutting down. My liver, kidneys, everything. They didn’t think I was gonna make it. My bottom was gonna be death.” He relived his near-death overdose on his album Revival (2017).

Eminem credits the support of fellow sober artists like Royce and Sir Elton John with helping his recovery.

He said in a conversation with Sir Elton John for Interview Magazine, “Getting clean made me grow up. I feel like all the years that I was using, I wasn’t growing as a person.”

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