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26 Jan 2018 3:29 PM
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It’s rare to get an in-depth interview with Eminem these days, so when it does come along, it’s bound to be filled with gems. Following the release of his chart-topping album, Revival, Eminem chopped it up with Billboard along with longtime friend, business partner and newly appointed Def Jam CEO Paul Rosenberg. Touching on a variety of topics including the mixed reception to his latest LP, Donald Trump, their working relationship and friendship, his thoughts on music streaming and, in quite a surprise, his love for Big Shaq.

Check out highlights from the interview below. 

Eminem on the critical and fan response to Revival…

I think that there are things that we learn from each album," said Eminem. "And I think there's things to be taken away from this album and the reaction to it. Were there too many songs? Were there too many features? There were certain songs like 'Tragic Endings' and 'Need Me' where I felt like lyrically they would give the listener a second to breathe. I spend a lot of time writing shit that I think nobody ever gets. I don't know if everybody goes on Genius and tries to look up meanings.

On potentially losing half his fanbase after numerous takedowns of Donald Trump…

At the end of the day, if I did lose half my fan base, then so be it, because I feel like I stood up for what was right and I'm on the right side of this. I don't see how somebody could be middle class, busting their ass every single day, paycheck to paycheck, who thinks that that fucking billionaire is gonna help you.

 

 

On if the impact of music streaming has lowered standards in Hip Hop…

It depends. I think rappers like J. Cole and Kendrick [Lamar] and Joyner Lucas rap to be the best rapper. That’s all I’ve ever tried to do. Some people might not care to be the best and just know how to make good songs, and some people make wack songs. [Laughs.] Hip-hop is always evolving, though, and that to me is the most important thing about staying in tune with what is going on.

Paul on balancing his new role at Def Jam…

I have to figure out how to balance my job as a manager, my role with Marshall at Shady and the huge responsibility of Def Jam. If I figure out that balance, I think everything would be fine, because I’m confident that I can do the job. I just have to find the right mix of time, energy and focus to be able to do it all and still be a human and have a family.

On Big Shaq’s record “Man’s Not Hot” record….

Rosenberg: He puts me up on stuff sometimes that I hadn't heard about. I hadn't heard the "Man's Not Hot" record [by Big Shaq] until he told me about it --

Eminem: It's fuckin' great. I'm always looking at what everybody's doing. I would consider myself a lot more in tune that a lot of people think that I am

You can read the rest of their Billboard interview here

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