For a "survivors of rock" feature in GQ, the magazine relays the stories of musicians who overcame obstacles and came out on top. Eminem, Keith Richards, and Lil Wayne share the cover. Em is the first available interview in the series, which also features Iggy Pop, Jimmy Cliff, Erykah Badu, Beck, Robert Plant, Jack White, and Raekwon.
Here's what Eminem said about overcoming his addictions:
"The thing sobriety has taught me the most is the way I'm wired—why my thought process is so different. I've realized that the way I am helps with the music. Sporadic thoughts will pop into my head and I'll have to go write something down, and the next thing you know I've written a whole song in an hour. But sometimes it sucks, and I wish I was wired like a regular person and could go have a fuckin' drink. But that's the biggest thing about addiction: When you realize that you cannot—for fuck's sake, you can not—fuck around with nothing ever again. I never understood when people would say it's a disease. Like, 'Stop it, dickhead. It's not a disease!' But I finally realized, Fuck, man—it really is."
Here's a video featuring the rockstars from the feature: