Juice WRLD’s latest posthumous album, “Fighting Demons” was released on December 10. The album featured Justin Bieber, BTS, Polo G, Eminem, and Trippie Redd.
“Fighting Demons” is the Chicago rapper’s second posthumous album and a fourth studio album. The LP is over an hour long and includes 18 songs.
The fifth track from the album is called “Eminem Speaks” where the Detroit rapper talks about his struggles with drug addiction. It is an excerpt from the interview Eminem gave for Matthew Cooke’s documentary “How To Make Money Selling Drugs” back in 2012.
The core message of the track is related to Juice WRLD’s death, who passed away in 2019 as a result of a drug overdose.
“I don’t know at what point exactly it [drug use] started to be a problem. I just remember liking it more and more” says Eminem in the skit. “You’re struggling with the argument of do you have a problem, or do you not have a problem? Can you control it, or can you not? And I literally thought I could control it”
This mindset is very common in drug users who also think they can control their addiction. This is why the main idea of including “Eminem Speaks” in the album was for it to serve people, who are going through the same struggles, as a wake-up call and an example.
During the skit, Eminem tells a story of his overdose and the time he thought he was going to die.
“Had I had got to the hospital about two hours later, I would’ve died.” Said the rapper, “My organs were shutting down, my liver, kidneys, everything. They were gonna have to put me on dialysis, they didn’t think I was gonna make it. My bottom was gonna be death. Within a month, I had relapsed and shot right back up to the same amount of pills that I was taking. I remember just walking around my house and thinking every single day, like, ‘I’m gonna f*cking die.”
The track ends in a light note that gives listeners, who are facing the same problem as Eminem and Juice were, a bit of hope:
“It’s been a learning process, like, it’s been, I’m growing. I just couldn’t believe that anybody could ever be naturally happy, or naturally function, or be just enjoying life in general, without being on something. So, I would say that to anybody that it DOES get better, you know? It just does!”
Listen to the skit below:
You can see the full 2012 interview below: