March 28, 2013

Rapper Macklemore stays close to AA at festival

Recovering alcoholic Macklemore finds it necessary to stay very close to his recovery program while riding a wave of musical success with his track, “Thrift Shop.”

Not long ago, this underground rapper who got sober in 2008 was making his music in relative obscurity. Since “Thrift Shop” blew up with its official YouTube video approaching 200 million views and certification as quintuple platinum, he has become a household name.

“The last three months haven't been good for me,” Macklemore said in an interview with Rolling Stone. “The pressure, the expectation, the lack of sleep, the stress, the traveling. I can't escape Macklemore. I just want to get the f-ck out of my own head.”

As a first line of defense against relapse, he stays close to his 12-step program, he told the magazine. While thousands of music enthusiasts partied it up at the South by Southwest music festival this month in Texas, Macklemore, a performer at the event, was attending an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in Austin.

“It's very important to go into the rooms of AA, smell the sh-tty coffee and be reminded that without sobriety, I would have no career,” he said.

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