Royce Da 5’9″ Embracing Twitter To Avoid Eminem’s Mistakes

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August 15, 2011 | 2:25pm EST

Rapper Royce Da 5’9″ has vowed never to lose touch with his fans after watching his close pal Eminem’s struggles with fame.
Eminem spent years battling drug and alcohol abuse and his troubles worsened when his D12 bandmate Proof was shot dead in 2006.

The Not Afraid hitmaker fell into a deep depression and closed himself off from friends and family, before finally taking control of his life again and sobering up to make his hip-hop comeback with 2009’s Relapse and last year’s critically-acclaimed Recovery.

Seeing Eminem fight his own personal demons has made his Bad Meets Evil collaborator Royce Da 5’9″ more aware than ever of how to avoid the pitfalls of fame – and he’s convinced that making himself “accessible” to fans by embracing the craze will keep him grounded so he doesn’t lose sight of his career goals.

He tells WENN, “I like to be involved, I like to be accessible to the people. I don’t want people holding me up on a pedestal, treating me like I’m a science project because I watched Em go through that and it’s not really fun, so I try and stay as accessible as possible.

“I think Twitter is a good vehicle to facilitate that, like for them (fans) to feel like they can talk to me whenever. I obviously can’t talk to or answer everybody, but at least I’m on there and I look like a person. I’m not just on there talking to celebrities all day. I’m not just promoting something every time they see me online; they see me on there just being regular.”