Eminem descended from his Shady Cave for a series of sit-downs to promote The Marshall Mathers LP 2. And lucky for us, he’s been pretty open about where his head is at, what he thinks of the Internet, fame and much more. Check out what we’ve learned from his interviews so far.
He seriously just wants to rap.
“I feel like at this point where I’m at, that’s all I wanna do is just rap, man. It’s really not that deep—just rap. I wish there was a deeper, better answer, something philosophical that I can give you.” —Shade 45 Town Hall with Sway
He prefers writing down his rhymes.
“I’ve done it where I kinda make it up as I go along and it just don’t usually come out right. I need time to think my shit through, make sure that’s what I wanna say, especially if you’re putting it out… Normally, I like to write.” —Shade 45 Town Hall with Sway
He’ll never be an Internet nerd.
“I wanna keep my finger on the pulse of what’s going on, so I don’t wanna be ignorant in that sense, but at the same time I can’t pay attention to what everyone’s saying. I would never be able to make music if I got caught up in that, ’cause I’d probably get caught up in some ugly arguments.” —Shade 45 Town Hall with Sway
He sometimes wonders if he was too personal on records.
“A lot of my career I put a lot of my life out there. It was personal shit I would put out there and didn’t really give a fuck. Sometimes I think back and I’m like, ‘Damn, was I doing the right thing? How much of myself do I wanna put out there?’ In one aspect you want your fans to feel like they know you and connect with you. But then you’re like, ‘Man I got nothing to myself no more.’” —Complex, Dec/Jan 2014 Issue
He won’t apologize for still using the F word.
“I don’t know how to say this without saying it how I’ve said it a million times. But that word, those kind of words, when I came up battle-rappin’ or whatever, I never really equated those words . . . It was more like calling someone a bitch or a punk or asshole.” —Rolling Stone Cover Story, Dec/Jan 2014 Issue
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