Mensa, the Chicago rapper who is signed to Jay-Z’s record label Roc Nation, has spoken openly about how drug addiction and drug addiction took hold of him just as he was becoming a rising star in the world of hip-hop.
“I was in a downward spiral with drug abuse,” Mensa told The New York Post.
“What started off as fun became dependency. I would completely exhaust one drug, be it mushrooms or acid. Then I’d find a new one, be it snorting Adderall or molly.”
Mensa, who is now sober for over a year, has gained plaudits for speaking openly about the issues of mental health and addiction being from a genre as ostensibly tough as rap music.
“I was pushed to the brink of self-destruction,” Mensa said.
“In many ways, I’d forgotten who I was because I was spending so little time with my un-influenced self. I was always in a fog, and I couldn’t find clarity. The best way to deal with it was to make music about it.”
Regarding his recovery, Mensa has spoken of the importance of transcendental meditation (TM) in getting clean.