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Macklemore talks about losing a friend to drugs in MTV interview

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It’s a pretty good week to be Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

As much as the duo might be high on life (and Grammy fumes) right now, Macklemore has always been open about his past issues with substance abuse, and in a special , he talks specifically about losing a friend to addiction, and the advice he has for ones who are struggling.

The  interview is part of “The Other Side,” an initiative launched by mtvU and The Jed Foundation’s “Half Of Us” campaign to help students deal with prescription drug abuse on college campuses.

Watch the two clips exclusively here:

Losing A Friend

Helping Friends

The full interview premieres  on HalfOfUs.com today at 3pm and debuting on-air on mtvU at 5pm EST/PST