In the late '90s and early '00s, DMC battled drug addiction, alcoholism and depression. "I was just a metaphysical, alcoholic, suicidal, spiritual wreck," he told Q radio. "It was just this funny feeling in me, this void in me. Depression is funny because you get to the point where you just don't want to live with it no more. I wanted to commit suicide because of this depressive feelings, but the reason why is really stupid."
In 2000, he learned he was adopted, which led to his song "Just Like Me
," and later, a memoir called Ten Ways Not To Commit Suicide