Maybach Music Group’s Gunplay recently opened up about his past issues with drug addiction and admitted the real challenge boiled down to him being willing to say good-bye.

According to Gunplay, he took on heavy drugs at an early age, well before the fortunes and music fame.

“I was on cocaine since, like, 10 years, 12 years, something like that. I wasn’t junktified where I was stealing stuff and stuff like that, but it was my thing,” he said when he appeared on “RapFix Live” on Wednesday. “I have a strong will. I quit cigarettes early this year, cold turkey. Whatever I put my mind to, whatever I wanna do, I’m strong like that. If I wanted to quit smoking refer — it’s nothing.” (MTV)

He also delved into what finally made him quit using cocaine.

Gun says his moment of clarity came several years ago and after a bit of self-reflection he decided to leave coke alone. “That happened Memorial [Day] Weekend 2008,” he recalled. “I was on the beach, I was just goin’ hard and just took my last blast and said, ‘Man, I’m tired of my nose hurtin’, tired of looking all drawed up.” Without the drug, Gunplay said he now sees a difference in his music as well. “The drugs just enhance what you’re thinking but when you’re sober, you speak from the heart and it’s not just rambling on — it makes sense,” he said. “Now you get to analyze every word and every bar and you make sure everything is on time.” (MTV)

The MMG member previously delved into his stance toward drugs.

“I do drugs, I don’t let drugs do me so I always had a handle on it,” Gunplay explained in an interview. “It was just when I was ready to stop messing with certain things, it got blown up. No drugs, no b*tches can f*ck my business up. Once it starts interfering with my business and I saw it taking a toll on my health, my attitude, my outlook on life, I just said ‘I’m tired of this sh*t’ and I just quit it altogether. Cold turkey. No rehab, no re — yeah I did relapse because I went to Colombia for Christ sakes, d*mn [Laughs]. I went over [there] and I relapsed. I said I was gonna relapse, I did it and I came back over here and I haven’t touched it since. And I don’t plan on touching it.” (VIBE)

Gunplay also shared his opinion of drug addicts resorting to rehab to kick their habits.

“People are stupid. The average person is really […] a baby, they need help,” he added. “The f*ck you need help for? They need people to counsel them and baby them. ‘Ohh, it’s going ot be ok.’ Man f*ck that sh*t! Don’t put that sh*t up your nose n*gga! It’s simple. People crazy out here, dumb. For me, I woke up one morning and said I’m tired of this sh*t. Tired of my nose bleeding, tired of my skin looking crazy, I’m tired, I’m cranky. It was f*cking up my life.” (VIBE)