Eminem takes advantage of the 25th anniversary of the American magazine XXL to take stock. He shares the ups and downs of his journey, the impact of meeting his rap heroes, his struggle with addiction, the role he plays in today’s hip-hop, the fact that he looks to the younger generation for inspiration and more.
About meeting Dr. Dre and creating his debut album, The Slim Shady LP: “I remember thinking, ‘If I could just meet Dre, my God, that would be so crazy. He’s so awesome.’ Three weeks later I was at his house. We did ‘The Slim Shady LP.’ been when drugs came into my life once I signed with a music label.”
On his role in today’s hip-hop: “My role is to always try to be the best rapper. That’s all. That’s what I want to feel inside. J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar, these guys are rapping to be the best rappers. When I listen to their music, I tell myself that I am not the best rapper at the moment. As a result, it gives me the motivation to surpass myself.”
About the young generation of artists: “I want to do things that no one from now on will ever be able to top. To rap at a level that no one else could. And again, that’s subjective. Every rapper, especially rappers in the competitive rap, wants to be the best rapper. So, I’m looking for the younger generation to push me to do better. I don’t have to make albums. I have nothing to do at this point. It’s a matter of wanting and that’s never changed for me. I still love rap. It’s always been the most important thing to me. I still have fun writing.”
When her addiction took a turn for the worse: “I was able to minimize my addiction and hide it for a while, until it got really bad. I had just released my album ‘Encore’ when my addiction started to get worse. I was taking Vicodin, Valium and booze I remember things started to get really, really bad when me and 50 Cent were on a BET TV set and I couldn’t understand a word I was being told. .50 Cent had to answer all the questions for me.”