Rapper Eminem has revealed the reasons that he took a five year break after the release of his fifth album Encore. Eminem claims that the songs he was writing at the time had lost their way a little and that his addictions were beginning to get the better of him.
Eminem explained, "Around the tail end of Encore, the songs started getting really goofy. Every day I had a pocketful of pills, and I would just go into the studio and goof off. When I went to Hawaii there was a turning point lyrically. I was sitting in the car listening to these older songs of mine, trying to figure out, 'Why doesn't the new stuff hit me like it used to? That's when I started to do songs that had some emotion and aggression to them again."
However, Eminem overcame his addictions and has gone on to release two albums since his return, Relapse in 2009 and Recovery in 2010. Eminem is set to star in the boxing movie Southpaw, which is expected to be released in 2013.