Grammy-winning rappers Eminem and Lil Wayne continue to generate headlines and accolades, as men’s lifestyle publication GQ crowns the two as the “Gods of Rock” in their upcoming November issue.
Along with receiving the “God of Rock” nom, both rap stars are featured on the new cover.
Em and Lil Wayne were shot for the cover at the 2011 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in June, while the Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards was shot separately in New York. In a portfolio consisting of 43 such Gods of Rock, Eminem’s story and photographs particularly stand out. In his feature, the 39-year old rhyme icon talked about his downward-spiraling addiction, which began with his 2000 album The Marshall Mathers LP and peaked during the recording of his fourth album Encore. (MTV)
Based on an excerpt from his feature, Em opens up about entering drug rehab in 2005.
“Every addict in rehab feels like everyone’s staring at them. With me? Everyone was staring at me. I could never be comfortable. There were people there that treated me normal. Then there were a bunch of f–ing idiots who aren’t even concentrating on their own sobriety because they’re so worried about mine. They’re stealing my hats, my books – it was chaos. Everything was drama in there. And at the time, I didn’t really want to get clean. Everybody else wanted me to. And anyone will tell you: If you’re not ready, nothing is going to change you. Love, nothing.” (Just Jared)
Young Money’s Drake recently crowned Lil Wayne an icon due to his album-selling ability.
“I just knew he’s an icon. That’s iconic status because a lot of people would argue that it wasn’t as big as Carter III was,” Drake explained in an interview. “There was no ‘Lollipop,’ there was no ‘A Milli.’ Obviously Wayne kept their attention and kept that excitement going because it takes a lot to put that many people in the stores. That is serious. That’s like diamond in a year, if we’re talking back in the day.” (“Big Boy’s Neighborhood”)
Last August, Eminem made headlines after Rolling Stone crowned him as the “King of Hip-Hop.”
With his dominant album sales, YouTube views and social-media scores, Eminem takes the title as the current King of Hip-Hop. Unlike our Queen of Pop ranking, which Lady Gaga took in a walk, Marshall Mathers’s win was somewhat closer – note the fairly tight point range among our top three. (Rolling Stone)
The new GQ issue is currently available.
Check out a past Eminem interview below: