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Offset Opens Up About Kicking Codeine Habit, His New Project & Losing Takeoff — ‘It’s Hard For Me To Talk About’

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Offset graces the cover of Variety and opens up about the passing of Takeoff, his new album, and quitting Codeine.

Perhaps the best part of watching an artist is their unavoidable growth in music and in their lives. Offset formerly of the group MIGOS is heading into a new era in his life and opening up about the changes with Variety. Offset graces the cover of this week’s Variety cover where he reveals he put down lean and wants to make it known.

“I put down lean,” he says. “I was drinking my whole career. It opened my mind up, but I never thought it helped me create. I feel like getting past that, cleaning up and putting that message out.”

“I put down lean,” says Offset of kicking his codeine habit. “I was drinking my whole career. It opened my mind up, but I never thought it helped me create. I feel like getting past that, cleaning up and putting that message out.”

— Variety (@Variety) May 24, 2023

While moving fully into a solo artist can be scary after being in a group for so long Offset is embracing the change and has support. Offset praises his “bestie” and wife Cardi B, who he says always has his back.

“She always got my back, right or wrong. We both are on the same mission to make each other better. Social is her strong point, so I listen to her social advice. And me, it’s the music, but I play behind the scenes; it’s my wife so I want to make sure she win.

“We are a great team,” he continues. “We’re a powerhouse at this point — icon status. We believe in God. We believe in family. We’re always going to keep winning.”

Cardi B joins to backup Offset’s stance and returns the praises for her husband.

“What I appreciate about my husband,” she says, “is that no matter what issue I am having personally or professionally, I know he will take care of me and our family. It’s handled. I know that I have a man who has my back for real. I fully support him in this next chapter of his music career.”

Speaking of Offset’s solo career he couldn’t really open up about his album and situation with MIGOS or Quality Control due to legal matters. However, spill a few details about the upcoming project and listed features for the album. Travis Scott, Future, Chloe Bailey, Latto, and Cardi. In the interview, he also previews his last song with Takeoff.  The interview interestingly reveals Offset isn’t biologically related to Quavo or Takeoff but more so childhood friends who took over the world together. When asked to put his feelings about Takeoff into words the interview tone changes before ending.

“It’s hard for me to talk about shit right now,” he says. “I’ve never talked about this stuff. Seriously. Talking about Take is hard, man,” he says, almost whispering. “Talking about all this shit is hard. That’s why I don’t, to be honest. That shit hurts. Like, it’s gonna put me in a mood, and I don’t want to get in that mood. Some things I don’t never tell nobody. He’s not here. That shit feels fake, bro,” he says, shaking his head at the unreality of the situation. “I get through my day thinking it’s fake. And I don’t say nothing to nobody about it.”

“I think I need to take a break.”

Offset never returned to finish the interview only to say “goodnight”. There will be more to be said in the future from Offset as his upcoming album is on the way. The album is reportedly set to be one of the biggest releases from Universal this year.

This week’s Variety cover with @OffsetYRN:

Offset’s Reset: Remembering Takeoff, Moving on From Migos and Launching His Next Era

— Variety (@Variety) May 24, 2023

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