Grammy-winning rapper Eminem scolds Kanye West over his public interruption during country singer Taylor Swift‘s MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech last fall in the new issue of SPIN magazine.
Em stood by Swift’s side in the debate.
At one point in his career, Eminem may have targeted Swift in one of his songs, but the “Not Afraid” MC is taking a different stance when asked about his thoughts on Kanye West’s VMA debacle. “He shouldn’t have done that,” the father told SPIN of Kanye’s outburst. “I mean, she’s a little girl.” Eminem is raising his three daughters who are not too far in age from Swift. He remains very protective of them, telling the magazine, “The less that’s out there about the kids, the more chance of them having a normal life. I want the world to know how much I love them, but at the same time you gotta know when to pull back.” (Rap-Up)
Speaking on her “American Boy” collaborator, singer Estelle recently also gave her opinion of West’s controversial MTV Video Music Awards incident with Taylor Swift last fall.
“I was surprised by the amount of crap he got. It was like, do you know this guy? Come on now everyone, stop being surprised,” said Estelle, who collaborated with West on the single “American Boy.” “I don’t think he will have any problems coming back. He speaks the absolute truth, no editing or tailoring. I thinks that’s why every time he comes back everyone is really excited.” (NBC Miami)
Earlier this year, Chicago rapper Rhymefest also addressed critics attacking West’s character.
“The crazy thing is people hate you, then when you put another album out they like you again,” he said in an interview last month. “I think that we as a people are so force-fed by corporations that we don’t know what we want. Yeah, people were mad at Kanye last year, but they’re also looking forward to him putting another album out. Soon as the album drops they are going to forget why they were mad in the first place. I think people love Kanye because he speaks his mind and there ain’t that many Black men that do that and why we are on it, n*ggas need to stop fronting like that White girl deserved that award. They knew what he was saying and need to cut it out, for real.” (XXL Mag)
R&B singer Ne-Yo hit up SOHH last month and gave his reaction to his Def Jam labelmate’s new “Power” record and the Swift incident.
“I feel like Kanye is one of the smartest dudes in the musicbusiness,” Ne-Yo told SOHH. “And I say that to anybody. He caught a little bit of flack behind that Taylor Swift situation or whatever and so he moved away from it, let the fire die down and came back with something undeniable. That ‘Power’ record is ridiculous to me and he’s back on his thing, he’s talking sh*t and that’s what Kanye do. It’s one of those records that you hear one time and you’re like, ‘Yeah, Kanye’s back.’ I feel like the summer is about to be something crazy.” (SOHH)
Check out footage from Kanye West & Taylor Swift’s incident below: