Guest Star: "Everywhere You Go, People Are Either Worshipping Or Hating You"
Monday, Jun 13, 2011 2:20PM
[With the recent emergence of rappers like Flavor Flav and Tech N9ne detailing their past struggles with drug addiction, former addict Slaine speaks on battling his past fixes.]
I experienced drug addiction very early on. It's something that's cropped up and it never goes away. You can experience success at times and then it comes back and you have to figure out a new way to get through it.
You see it with a lot of artists because that kind of obsessive use of something bigger and trying to attain the next level all wraps up into the creativity. You think back to the last thing you did and translate it into new experiences and emotions and amplify different feelings and emotions. I think it kind of goes together with drug abuse. That was something that was in me when I was 13 years old.
I think it's a matter of trying to manage it, fight it and control it at different stages in your life. You're going to see different things and find ways to cope. I've been far from perfect from that but I've definitely managed to wear off some of my worst demons. I've kind of had a successful life, had a beautiful baby boy and become a wonderful father. I've been able to keep that stuff away from doing to me what it's done to dozens of friends and people that I grew up with.
I did go back to those dark places. It's been a back-and-forth sort of thing for me. I think just where I was from sparked it so early because everybody was doing it when I was a kid. And then I think people are afraid of success. I think some people want to get more notoriety and it's such an anxiety inducing feeling. Everywhere you go, people are either worshipping you or hating you. Especially when you were used to being able to just go out and chill. Now all of a sudden you have to deal with love and hate. It's something that's going to want to make you hide and what better way to hide than to get f*cked up?
So I think that's why people deal with that too. The worst of all that stuff is behind me. I'm happy just to be able to have a good experience, still be alive and benefit from the experiences that I had.
Slaine is an Irish-American hip hop emcee and actor. He is best known for his work in the groups Special Teamz (with Edo G, Jaysaun and DJ JayCeeOh) and La Coka Nostra (with Danny Boy, Everlast, Ill Bill, DJ Lethal and formerly Big Left). Slaine has appeared on several solo mixtapes and compilations, the Special Teamz album Stereotypez and La Coka Nostra's album A Brand You Can Trust. His upcoming A World With No Skies 2.0 debut is slated to drop August 16th, 2011.