(photo and excerpt from MTV) At the age of 30, Macklemore is a proud Grammy winner with a Platinum album and multiple hit singles, but five years ago he was still facing a dark battle with drugs. In a new special for mtvU’s “Half of Us” campaign, the Seattle rapper gets candid about an addiction that almost ruined his music career.
“[When] I actually drank for the first time, I was by myself,” Macklemore reveals, mapping the beginning of an addiction that quickly spiraled. “This is an indicator of who I was, from the jump. After school, by myself [at] 13 years old, maybe 14.”
It’s a moment that’s seared into his mind, as he paints the picture vividly: At home, wearing a wifebeater, listening to Tupac and dipping into his parents’ liquor cabinet. “12 shots in, [my] first time ever drinking alcohol,” he said. “That’s not people like, ‘yo keep going.’ That’s me, by myself, dolo in the kitchen, like I can’t stop. I can’t this turn this off. This feels good, I wanna keep going.”
Macklemore explained that he spent his first year of high school skipping classes to smoke weed, and struggling to write rhymes because his mind was blank. “I’ve been rapping since [I was] 13 or 14, and Freshman year of high school I realized that music and me did not work if I was under the influence.” His passion for music fueled an attempt to get sober, but it didn’t last for very long. More on the story HERE>>