Grammy-winning rapper Eminem reportedly passed on an opportunity to help contribute to Cee Lo Green and Goodie Mob‘s long-awaited Age Against the Machine album.
According to Green, they reached out to see if Em would jump onto their “White Power” track but were unable to snatch Slim Shady.
“It had gotten out to the press and I just thought that it made a bold statement so I thought that Eminem would easily jump at the controversy being that I heard he had been gearing up to do a new record and getting ready to get back out and fight,” Cee Lo said when he and the Mob appeared on “RapFix Live” on Wednesday. During a Los Angeles press conference in June to promote the LP, Cee Lo described the track as “a black perspective on white power” and felt that Em would be able to add moving rhymes. “I would love to stand beside him on a sentiment, on a stance like that and just as a fan of his, I just wanted to hear him spit crazy on this particular track,” he said. “It sounds really unorthodox; it didn’t sound like anything I had ever heard him rhyme on before.” (MTV)
Despite not landing Em, Cee said there are no hard feelings against the hip-hop heavyweight.
Despite the Mob’s efforts, Em decided not to appear on the song for unspecified reasons. Cee Lo says there are absolutely no hard feelings and the love and respect is still there. Regardless, “White Power” will still appear on Age Against the Machine. “I was just as a fan, really anticipating what he could do it. I don’t know for whatever reason we weren’t able to do it,” he said. “I would’ve really liked to see it happen, but it did make the record though.” (MTV)
Coincidentally, the Shady Records CEO turned down an opportunity to appear in the new Elysium Hollywood film.
Director Neil Blomkamp next approached Eminem, who said he would do it only if the film were shot in Detroit, his hometown. In the end the role went to Matt Damon who stars as a reformed car thief traveling to a utopian space station suspended in orbit above a ruined planet. Elysium, which also stars Jodi Foster, hits theaters on August 9th. (Rolling Stone)
Shady made headlines this week after appearing at wristwatch line G-Shock’s 30th anniversary celebration in New York City.
Eminem has remained out of the spotlight, but he returned to the stage to celebrate G-Shock’s 30th anniversary at the “Shock the World” event in New York on Wednesday. The company unveiled its latest lineup of timepieces for the press earlier in the evening followed by a concert from the Detroit rapper. Big Sean, Melanie Fiona, Fabolous, Estelle, and Busta Rhymes were among the stars who gathered at Basketball City at Pier 36, while DJ Mick Boogie and Yelawolf warmed up the crowd. Wearing a green hat, hoodie, and shorts, Slim Shady marched out to “Won’t Back Down,” serving up his biggest hits including “Cleaning Out My Closet,” “Love the Way You Lie,” “Stan,” “Lighters,” and “Lose Yourself.” (Rap-Up)