Ilya S. Savenok, Getty Images The sad news came across late Wednesday afternoon…
- Posted on Nov 13th 2009 3:00PM by Karen Bliss
Now the west coast rap crew, which also includes MC Prevail, DJ/producer Rob the Viking and new addition, singer/rapper Tre Nyce, are revealing all the down-and-out details. No song on 'Armed to the Teeth' outlines his ordeal more thoroughly and honestly than 'My Life,' where he name-checks the pills, the quantity, how his family and friends reacted, cigarette burns from falling asleep smoking, leaving rehab early and overall screwing up his life.
"Welcome to my world," Mad laughs, before spilling to Spinner. Clean for about five months now, he recalls how in 2006 he began popping prescription pills but didn't have a clue it would turn into a $500-a-day problem.
"I had no idea how dark and gnarly things were gonna get when I started doing Oxycontin," he continues, "and I built my tolerance for that until I was doing 20 80 [mgs] a day, which is like doing 340 Percocets a day. The last two years I was basically a zombie."
So why go public now, to the point of including the specifics in their official record label bio? "We wanted to make sure that it didn't seem like a plea for sympathy," says Prevail. "It wasn't the intention. When Mad was asking us, 'Do you think it's a good idea that I divulge this much information and be so forthcoming about everything that's happened?' we obviously agreed. But we wanted to make sure that we did it in a way that was really telling his plight and the situation he was in.
Despite the drama, Swollen Members managed to record a hard-hitting, street-wise hip-hop album -- featuring cameos from Talib Kwelli, Tech N9ne and Everlast -- that stands up to the group's earlier work, particularly their more underground-oriented records, 1999's 'Balance' and 2001's 'Bad Dreams.' It's actually a miracle 'Armed to the Teeth' didn't turn out one big mess, considering the state Mad Child was in.
"I put Prev and Rob's life on hold for three years because I was useless," Mad admits. "Thank God, we still had a studio in my house in Kelowna [BC] that I bought. They would come up and stay for a month or two at a time. They'd work on music and I'd come up and record verses here and there. So we did still make this album while I was stoned, but it took way longer."