The stigma of therapy, self-care, and vulnerability is an everyday challenge and we continue to break down the walls. Since 1949, in the United States, Mental Health Awareness Month has been recognized. Mental health is deeper than 28-31 days and the awareness throughout the year is growing. It becomes important that artists, media, etc speak more.
How we cope, vent, and deal with issues matters. Buried trauma can be the weight you feel everyday—sitting on your shoulder without a notice. “Meditate, don’t meditate” is one way to kill your demons, but of course, it’s not that simple. Therapy, however, does help in the process.
Royce da 5’9 made a stop at The Breakfast Club for the first time in a couple of years and spoke about his new album, The Book of Ryan. More than that, he spoke about mental health, which became an important ingredient for cooking up this personal album.
“It’s my most autobiographical project to-date,” Royce says on Book of Ryan. You know how JAY Z, when he did Reasonable Doubt, he said it took him basically his entire life up until that point to write that album. This is that album for me. It explains exactly who I am.”
The album is a collection of good and bad times. Not every moment is going to hold the same inhibitions and joy as “Boblo Boat.”
Releasing his demons into therapy sessions, Royce began his road to sobriety and new means of life.
“When I stopped drinking six years ago… I just started doing all of this reflecting. I started getting all these memories, I started going to therapy. Walking out of therapy I was like ‘I feel good, getting all of this stuff off my chest, why don’t I do it creatively?” Royce stated. “Plus it’s easier for me to get past it if I can get it out.”
Charlamange tha God has made it known that he goes twice a week to therapy. Royce mentioned that he tries to go at least 1-2 times a week. During Royce’s therapy sessions and the creation of the album, he “figured out what anxiety was.”
“I figured out that I had, just didn’t know what it was,” he said. “I didn’t know, I thought I was just like a nervous person. So even in these setting, I would be nervous. I started explaining to my therapist exactly what I was feeling and he said that’s anxiety. We started talking about the situations and once I knew what to look for in those situations, I was able to sort of, kind of start correcting them and start feeling more comfortable in those situations. Without therapy, you just don’t know.”