Many artists, Hip Hop and otherwise, go through substance abuse issues, often chronicling them in their music.

In an interview with MTV’s “RapFix Live,” Maybach Music Group’s Gunplay candidly spoke about his cocaine abuse.

“I was on cocaine since, like, 10 years, 12 years, something like that. I wasn’t junkified where I was stealing stuff and stuff like that, but it was my thing,” he explained.

Gunplay remembers when he made the decision to quit cocaine. “That happened Memorial [Day] Weekend 2008,” he said. “I was on the beach, I was just goin’ hard and just took my last blast and said, ‘Man, I’m tired of my nose hurtin’, tired of looking all drawed up.”

Ultimately, Gunplay believes he’s a better artist after quitting cocaine. “Within myself, I said if I really wanna get this money, if I really wanna take this serious and not let my family and friends down, let me go ahead and do the right thing. I took my last blast and that was it.”

“The drugs just enhance what you’re thinking but when you’re sober, you speak from the heart and it’s not just rambling on — it makes sense,” he added. “Now you get to analyze every word and every bar and you make sure everything is on time.”

Watch the interview below:

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