He said: “The pills make you function, but sometimes you would nod off while people were talking to you because it would make you fall asleep, but it would make you function because everything feels great.
“It could be a bad moment going on, but the pills block all that out. I thought some of the pills were making me create, but as I went back to listen to some of my music I was like, ‘Oh this is not a creation, this is a hot mess.’
The “If We Ever Meet Again” rapper eventually went “cold turkey” to beat his addiction after realizing it was damaging his relationship with then-wife Monique Mosley and their children.
He said: “My marriage was new, and I was scared of it. I think the pills helped me deal with the marriage at the time.
“But when I had my daughter and my son, I kept looking like, ‘I want to be here for my kids’ and it just hit me one day. I didn’t go to rehab; I cut cold turkey. My kids were my backbone to living.”