7207/1239985393-eminem.jpgMarshall Mathers: The lost years.

The first, which has already been well reported, is he has a new album coming out in May called Relapse.

And if that didn't grab your attention, the real Slim Shady would also like you to know he had a drug problem. Answers are from his interview with XL, the questions are mine:

So, Em! What took you so long to finish Relapse?

"I wasn’t ready to give up the drugs."

You couldn't, y' know, just make one of those long druggy opuses only die-hards go for?

"I felt like I wanted to pull back, because my drug problem had got so bad."

So, was it fun?

"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… "

Got it, Em. Drugs!

(Hat tip: Spin.com)