Eminem: Serial Killers 'Inspire' Me

Rapper talks about how he's never been in a better place
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2009 2:33 PM CDT
Eminem inducts Run DMC into the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame at the 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Saturday, April 4, 2009 in Cleveland.   (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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(Newser) – Where has Eminem been since his last album hit the shelves in 2004? At first, mostly drowning in a sea of depression and prescription drugs, the rapper says in an interview with the Guardian. But for a year now he's been clean and focused on getting back to his roots—which means drawing inspiration from serial killer films.

"I did find myself watching a lot of documentaries on serial killers," Eminem says, citing an interest in "the way a serial killer's mind works, just the psychology of them." But though his new album, Relapse, does have a theme of violence, it also contains the song "Beautiful," a revealing snapshot of Eminem's once crushing depression.