Continuing to enjoy the success of his new album The Marshall Mathers LP 2, Eminem fronts the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine.
During his interview with the publication, the 41-year-old rapper shared details about how hip-hop saved his life while revealing the band that inspired his music.
Check out a few highlights from Eminem”s Q&A session below. For more, be sure to visit Rolling Stone!
On his music career:
“I”m as happy as I can be, I guess. Hip-hop saved my life, man. It”s the only thing I”ve ever been even decent at. I don”t know how to do anything else. I think they have a word for the at -what do they call it Idiot savant”
On his Beastie Boys-inspired music:
“I knew we were about to show the “Berzerk” video, so I was doing what I call the Berzek face. The whole song to me feels like vintage Beastie Boys. And you know the “Pass the Mic” video where Ad-Rock is making that face, kind of not looking the camera I was doing in my own version. When “Paul”s Boutique” came out, I was one of the fans that didn”t get it. It took me years to realize how f***ing genius it is. I feel bad for sleeping on it.”
On his love for hip-hop:
“Being a student of hip-hop in general, you take technical aspects from places. You may take a rhyme pattern or flow from Big Daddy Kane or Kool G Rap. But then you go to Tupac, and he made songs. His f***ing songs felt like something – “Holy s**t! I want to f***ing punch someone in the face when I put this CD in.” Biggie told stories. I wanted to do all that s**t.”