Eminem has confessed to almost writing a song attacking rap world peers Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Drake for "killing" it.
In other words, the US rapper was jealous of his contemporaries' success while he was in a bleak mental place between his Encore and Relapse albums.
"For that time period when I was away, I was watching what was going on in the game. Anything that was hot at that moment, anybody that was really killing s***," the Real Slim Shady star told Los Angeles radio station Power 106.
"I felt so bad about myself and the music that I was creating, I felt I was starting to turn into a hater.
"Singling Kanye and Wayne out at that time period, they were the ones killing it the most to me and it hurt. I'd pop a CD in and be like 'f*** man, I'm not doing this no more'."
The Not Afraid rapper told listeners that he considered creating a track "dissing everybody" but the hateful lyrics were never penned as he realised that doing so could be "career suicide".
"There were times that it didn't feel good to be me," he said, referring to his past struggles with drug abuse. "I think deep down I just wasn't happy with myself, man, you know?
"There were some really dark moments in there, when I think about my thought processes when I was a high a lot. It wasn't good and it certainly wasn't me. I'm not even that sort of person."