Eminem has revealed that he nearly wrote tracks dissing Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Drake because he was so jealous of their success.
According to the Independent, The Monster rapper told Los Angeles radio station Power 106 that he had found it difficult seeing his peers doing well in the time in between his albums Encore and Relapse being released.
He said: "For that time period when I was away, I was watching what was going on in the game. Anything that was hot at that moment, anybody that was really killing s***.
"I felt so bad about myself and the music that I was creating, I felt I was starting to turn into a hater."
He continued: "Singling Kanye and Wayne out at that time period, they were the ones killing it the most to me and it hurt. I'd pop a CD in and be like 'f*** man, I'm not doing this no more.'"
The Not Afraid star said he was tempted to write a track "dissing everybody", but realised it would be "career suicide".
He admitted of his past struggles with drugs: "There were times that it didn't feel good to be me. I think deep down I just wasn't happy with myself, man, you know?
"There were some really dark moments in there, when I think about my thought processes when I was high a lot. It wasn't good and it certainly wasn't me. I'm not even that sort of person."