Eminem On Kendrick Lamar Collaboration: 'It Only Made Sense'

Eminem gives credit to other MCs for being more lyrically adventurous while sober on his platinum-selling Marshall Mathers LP 2 in part three of his sit-down with Zane Lowe. Here, he chats about going bar-for-bar with Royce Da 5'9'' on Bad Meets Evil EP and how his collaboration "Love Game" with Kendrick Lamar came about:

"When it was all said and done, I kinda sat back and said, fuck man, there are no other rappers on here with me and it only made sense. Me and Paul had talked about, maybe we should do an event record and get somebody like Kendrick on it because incredible as Kendrick is, he's also on the same label, he's in our camp ... He came to the studio in Detroit. I laid a verse and I kinda showed him where it was going. I had other things to play him but ... if I have another song with Kendrick that's just bars, no topic, maybe it'd be cool to have a topic. I said I had an idea for a hook but I think it might be interesting to have you do a hook cause he's great at melody too. He laid like two different hooks I think. I'm not sure to this day if I wanted him to rap on it because he laid two hooks then he kinda like [said] 'That's it?' So I was like, 'Yo so you wanna lay a verse?' I think he looked surprised ... I think it took me a couple days to get back to the studio to listen to what he did. I told him he killed it."

Watch the full interview where he also discusses the soul-baring track "Headlights" above.

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John Singleton is reportedly in a coma after suffering from a major stroke, TMZ reports.

The Boyz N the Hood filmmaker has reportedly been in the ICU since last weekend. According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, Singleton's mother, Sheila Ward, is asking a judge to appoint her temporary conservator of his work because he is "unable to properly provide for his personal needs for physical health, food, clothing, or shelter." Singleton was reportedly working on several projects and preparing to sign a lucrative settlement agreement at the time of his stroke, according to Ward.

As previously reported, Singleton suffered a stroke on April 17, after returning from Costa Rica. After experiencing problems with his legs, he reportedly checked into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles where he suffered a stroke in his hospital room.

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Bun B's Lawyer Provides Update On Attempted Armed Robbery Aftermath

On Tuesday (April 24), Bun B confronted an armed robber, who was later identified as 20-year-old DeMonte Jackson. The latter attempted to rob the legendary rapper's home but acted swiftly with his own registered firearm. When Bun B's wife, Angela "Queenie" Walls answered a knock on the door, a masked Freeman entered with his weapon but was later met with the Trill rapper's fire and was detained at a hospital while being treated for his wounds.

In a statement provided to XXL, lawyer Charles Adams said he doesn't expect charges to be filed against the Texas native. "In Texas, you can defend your home. And if an armed home invader breaks into your home and puts a gun at your wife's head, you can shoot the guy if he's still in your home," Adams said. "Honestly, this might sound cheesy, thank God that Bun had a gun. Thank God that he was courageous enough to defend his home and his wife [Queenie]. And thank God Queenie was courageous enough to not let the man go upstairs."

As Queenie led Jackson to the garage, Bun B, born Bernard Freeman, became aware of the incident from another part of the house and opened fire on Jackson. The latter was charged with one count of burglary plus two levies of aggravated robbery.

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Former Felons May Have To Pay Court Fines Before Voting In Florida

Florida made history when it passed Amendment 4 restoring voting rights to the state's nearly one million former felons.

However, on Wednesday (April 24) the GOP-House passed a bill that would require former felons to pay court fees, fine,s and restitution prior to voting. The Senate bill requires that just restitution be paid. If this measure is passed it could prohibit thousands of ex-cons from being able to vote.

The state reportedly also doesn't have a method to properly tally restitution and to create a system could cost millions. On Wednesday, the House considered a proposal by the Senate that would allot $2 million to hire more workers at the Florida Commission on Offender Review to review the applications of former felons.

That commission would then report their findings to local supervisors of elections.

“Obviously, the individual is responsible for determining whether they’ve completed all the terms of their own sentence,” Sen. Jeff Brandes “If they have questions, they should go to local supervisors of elections.”

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