Hip Hop Legend Timbaland Discusses OxyContin Addiction

Hip Hop Legend Timbaland Discusses OxyContin Addiction


Timothy Mosley, known by hip hop fans as Timbaland, recently admitted to nearly overdosing on OxyContin in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. The 45-year-old four-time Grammy Award winner who has worked with Jay-Z, Beyonce and many other musical stars, said that he was addicted to OxyContin and almost died in an incident three years ago.

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

Timbaland said he began taking the prescription drug in his thirties to help with nerve pain from a gunshot wound he suffered as a teenager. His use eventually spun out of control, and as his intake increased, his success in music and in relationships decreased. This led to a cycle of depression and addiction, according to Timbaland.

“Music is a gift and a curse,” he said in his interview. “Once you’re not popping, it plays with your mind. The pills helped block out the noise – I’d just sleep all day.”

According to the musician, producer and songwriter, he was able to shake the addiction three years ago after gradually lessening his doses.

Sources:

http://www.skynews.com.au/culture/showbiz/celebrity/2017/11/30/timbaland-tells-of-oxycontin-addiction.html

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/timbaland-kicked-oxycontin-self-doubt-to-stage-comeback-w512403