Timbaland Opens Up On Depression, Addiction & More In Rolling Stone Interview

blame it on Meka November 27, 2017

Kid Cudi. Kanye West. Even Pharrell. Some of the biggest musicians on the planet aren’t immune to depression and sadness, and Timbaland said that he is no exception in a new Rolling Stone interview.

A combination of a failing marriage, a lull in work and an addiction to prescription killers almost killed the mega-producer, he revealed in the interview. “Music is a gift and curse,” he says. “Once you’re not popping, it plays with your mind. The pills helped block out the noise – I’d just sleep all day. I remember JAY-Z told me one time, ‘Don’t do no more interviews’ – because I was saying crazy sh*t.”

After getting shot as a teenager, Tim started taking OxyContin to deal with the subsequent pain in his thirties. In 2014, he suffered a near-death experience from the drug.

“All I can tell you is that there was a light,” he says. “I woke up trying to catch my breath, like I was underwater. But through that whole thing I saw life – I saw where I would be if I don’t change, and where I could be if I did.”

Determined to kick the addiction, Timbaland took himself off Oxy and re-dedicated his life to his music and his health. Since then he looks younger than ever, and he recently produced “Pray” on Sam Smith‘s chart-topping album The Thrill Of It All. He also has a collaboration with Young Thug on the way, and he confirms that he has completed work on Justin Timberlake‘s forthcoming fifth album.

(Side note: we’re still waiting on your beat battle with Swizz Beatz!)

The entire article can be read here.