Grammy-winning rapper Eminem has dished out his thoughts on hip-hop’s current rap stars Lil Wayne and T.I. citing their emcee skills as beneficial to the genre.
Featured in the June XXL Magazine, Em speaks on his past drug addiction and the impact of Tip and Weezy on the rap game.
“I wasn’t ready to give up drugs,” Em explained. “I didn’t really think I had a problem…I felt like I wanted to pull back, because my drug problem had got so bad. I felt like, maybe if I take a break, maybe this will help. I started to get into the producer role more…I stayed up on the music…and without naming any name, it just felt like hip-hop was going downhill…But with this new T.I. album, with this new Lil Wayne album of recent, it seems like things are looking a lot better now. You can appreciate Lil Wayne using different words to rhyme and actually rhyming words that you know. Or T.I., where you hear sh*t and you’re like Whoa, ah, I wish I would have thought of that! You know what I mean? Or you hear all the compound-syllable rhyming and all that. It just seems like now the craft is getting cared about more.” (XXL Magazine)
Em recently made headlines after becoming a no-show for a Snoop Dogg concert last week.
Because of the bad weather, Dr. Dre‘s security detail got into a car accident, and the rapper was advised not to attend without bodyguards. Eminem’s reasoning was slightly more junior-high. “Since Dre couldn’t make the concert, Eminem didn’t want to perform either,” an insider told New York’s Daily News. To make it up to his longtime pal, Dre plans on performing at a private club gig for 200 guests next month. (New York Daily News)
Despite missing out with Snoop, Em has been announced to perform at the upcoming MTV Movie Awards next month.
Airing live from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, on Sunday, May 31, at 9 p.m. ET, Eminem will join others scheduled to perform. Andy Samberg will host. On Monday (April 13), viewers will be able to vote online and on their mobile phones to select the nominees for the 18th annual Movie Awards. On May 4, the nominees will officially be announced, and viewers will once again be able to vote for their favorites online and from their mobile phones. (MTV)
He recently made a return to the spotlight with his “We Made You” music video premiere last Tuesday (April 17).
Slim Shady promised he was up to his old tricks in the video for “We Made You,” his first solo clip since 2005. Debuted exclusively on MTV’s “AMTV” this morning and directed by Joseph Kahn, Em does his best preening Bret Michaels, dangling a rose with a backstage pass on it in front of a line of rock star wannabes that includes impersonators of Sarah Palin (Lisa Ann), Samantha Ronson, Lindsay Lohan and a dentally challenged Amy Winehouse. Dr. Dre and 50 Cent make cameos in a casino scene alongside Em. (SOHH)
Eminem’s upcoming album Relapse is scheduled to drop Tuesday, May 19.