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XXL June Covers

Posted in News by Dy Allo on April 14, 2009
One of the few Hip Hop magazines still in rotation.
On His Drug Addiction
"I wasn't really mentally. I wasn't ready to give up drugs.
I didn't really think I had a problem. Basically, I went in,
and I came out. I relapsed, and I spent the next three years
struggling with it. Also, at that time, I felt like I wanted to
pull back, because my drug problem had got so bad. I felt like,
Maybe if I take a break, maybe this will help. I started to get into
the producer role more...I can still be out there with my music,
like with the Re-Up album, but I don't have to be in the spotlight
the whole time."

On Proof's Death
"Everyone felt his loss, from his kids, to his wife, to everyone.
 But, for some reason, in hindsight, the way I felt was almost like
 it happened to just me...Maybe at the time I was a little bit selfish
 with it. I think it kind of hit me so hard. It just blindsided me.
 I just went into such a dark place that, with everything, the drugs,
my thoughts, everything. And the more drugs I consumed, and it was all
depressants I was taking, the more depressed I became, the more
 self-loathing I became...By the way, I'm just now at the point where
I'm better talking about it. It took me so long to get out of that place
 where I couldn't even speak about it without crying or wanting
to cry...Proof was the anchor. He was everything to D12. And not just
 the group-for me, personally, he was everything."

On T.I., Lil Wayne & Hip-Hop
"I stayed up on the music, and obviously I watch TV and saw what
was going on. And without naming any name, it just felt like hip-hop
 was going downhill. And it seemed like kinda fast. You know, in them
 three years, it was like everybody just cares about the hook and the
beat; nobody really cares about substance. But with this new T.I. album,
with this new Lil Wayne album of recent, it seems like things are
 looking a lot better now. You can appreciate Lil Wayne using different
 words to rhyme and actually rhyming words that you know. Or T.I.,
where you hear shit and you're like Whoa, ah, I wish I would have
thought of that! You know what I mean? Or you hear all the
compound-syllable rhyming and all that. It just seems like now the
craft is getting cared about more."


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