News: Eminem Reveals Nearly Quitting Rap After Getting Booed: "It Was Very Traumatic For Me"

Saturday, Aug 4, 2012 12:40PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning rapper Eminem recently revealed how close he was to hanging up the microphone for good after his first public performance ended in getting booed off the stage.

Slim Shady said the trauma behind getting played by concertgoers in the 1990's had him seriously reconsider his potential career.

Eminem almost quit rap after his first ever public performance. The 'Stan' hitmaker started out battle rapping in Detroit in the early 90s, but was so embarrassed when he was booed he almost quit entirely. He said: "The first time I rapped in front of actual people that mattered, in a club, I got booed. And it was very traumatic for me. I just remember it being so f***ing traumatic, and I think I went home and I was like, man, I quit. "And you know a week later, a day later, an hour later I got the urge, and I was like, I gotta get up, I gotta do it again." (The List)

Em also went on to credit hip-hop for helping give him a purpose in life.

He added: "I certainly feel like if it wasn't for rap, obviously, I wouldn't be here, but it gave me my voice, it gave me my outlook, it gave me strength, you know what I came back from, overdose and a whole load of s**t - without rap I wouldn't be able to do a f***ing thing. This is the one thing I feel that I feel like I have and a can do well, if I didn't have this I don't think I could do anything else, except for maybe play basketball." Eminem is one of a number of rappers who stars in new film, 'Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap' directed by Ice-T and featuring Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Q-Tip and many more. The film will be released on DVD in October. (The List)

With platinum-selling albums and awards to his name, the rapper previously hinted at rapping into his 50's.

"We just haven't found anything that's been the right thing at the right time," Em explained in an interview. "I have to be finished with this album and then I'll probably want to jump into something like that. I don't know if there's a movie where I'll want to be in every single scene again, but something, yeah...It was, 'I don't want to be a rapper when I'm 40,' and the next time we talk it will be, "I don't want to be a rapper when I'm 50." Sixty is the cut-off. I can't be no 60-year-old rapper, son!" (Complex)

A few days ago, the rap star made headlines as the first person to have 60 million Facebook fans.

Earlier this week (August 1), Eminem became the first musician to secure over 60 million fans on Facebook, beating Lady Gaga and Rihanna to the record. He has long been the most popular person on the social networking site, taking the honour from Michael Jackson way back in 2009. Rihanna, however, is narrowly approaching 60 million fans herself, with a current total of 59,318,829 likes. (NME)

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