Eminem has come a long way from his Slim Shady days. The man who was once hip hop's leading prankster has been through hell and back since he first exploded onto the scene in 1999, and today's Marshall Mathers resembles a reclusive artist like Prince more than the swagger rappers who dominate the charts.
But despite personal setbacks, tragic losses and a career he admits has seen its fair share of "lulls," Em is optimistic about the future. Speaking to the New York Times, the Detroit MC reveals he spends "five to six days a week" in the studio and finds inspiration in rising stars like Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q. He also has a fair share of commercial rap on his playlist. "Hip hop needs Drake, too. Hip hop needs Big Sean. I feel like hip hop is in a good place right now," he says. "There’s this balance of things going on, and it feels like some of the best rappers are the most successful. Sometimes that’s not the case."
Em says he spends a considerable amount of time thinking about where his career is going — surprising for someone who already has a spot in the hip hop Hall of Fame — and also what people have to say about him online, an activity he finds destructive. "Once I’m on the computer, it’s over, because I’m tempted to look at everything," he reveals. "I went on the computer recently and got on one site, read five comments and was like, 'Man.' I have friends that do it — rapper friends. I’m like, 'I don’t know how you do that.' Because you end up wanting to fight someone, kill them, or kill yourself — usually all three at once."
The rap icon also talks about collaborating on the soundtrack for the upcoming film Southpaw, staying in touch with 50 Cent and Dr. Dre and his famous sense of humor in the insightful Q&A. Read the full interview here.
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