Macklemore Talks Relapse, His New Child & New Music in MTV Doc

blame it on Patrick Glynn August 20, 2015

Last month, Macklemore returned to the music world with Ryan Lewis dropping the Ed Sheeran-featured “Growing Up.” The Seattle-based rapper discussed how he relapsed after achieving great fame and how having his new baby girl, Sloane, helped him recover and, well, grow up.

The documentary kicks off with Macklemore saying, “it’s intense to hear your song everywhere, and it’s tight for a minute — it’s dope. And then it’s like, ‘Alright, let’s turn this off,’ but the world’s like, ‘Nah, we’re just getting started.'” He proceeds to discuss his success followed by his subsequent relapse into smoking and pills, which he abused for nearly two years after being sober since 2011.

When he found out his wife, Trisha, might be pregnant, he said, “I was not at my best.” He prayed she wouldn’t get pregnant. He thought to himself, “I am not ready to be a father. I can’t even get sober.” After a couple weeks of trying to sober up, he did and he said he was “happy again.” He questioned to himself, “Do you want to live life or do you want to escape life?” Good for him, man.

Macklemore, in addition to the topics above, discusses his thoughts on people criticizing him for being the poster boy of cultural appropriation, the feel of his new music with Ryan Lewis and life as a father. (Spoiler: He plays Snoop Dogg’s “Gin & Juice” to calm his baby down. Snoop is the GOAT.) You can watch the 10-minute video below.