Eminem 6 minute Sway Freestyle

Classic, vintage Eminem.

Sway got Shady to spit for 6 minutes straight, a capella, and no celebrity was safe. Like, literally no one. Bill Cosby. Countless female celebs from present and past. Even Caitlyn Jenner with probably Em’s most controversial line.

Em’s wit and wordplay is at that elite level where he rhymes within lines and creates all sort of alliterations that also make sense to the actual content of the rap. Whoo! On that note, I’m playin’ this again. The genius is still heavy.

N.W.A. Reunion Tour with Eminem in the works

Emphasis on “in the work”, but with the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton nearing release this summer, the follow up tour only makes more sense. And how about Eminem in the late Eazy-E’s spot. This would bring out rap fans old, new, whatever. Hope it happens, as teased in the new profile by Hollywood Reporter.

According to a new interview in THR, the studio wants to set up a European N.W.A. reunion tour with Dr. DreDJ YellaMC Ren​, Ice Cube, and then add Eminem to the mix. The possible reunion tour has yet to be finalized with everyone’s busy schedules to deal with, but there is no doubt that this would create considerable buzz for the film. “We don’t have anything settled yet with everyone’s schedules,” Donna Langley from Universal told THR. “But we think it can create a lot of buzz.” 

Both Eminem and Dre are set to appear on the film’s official soundtrack, which will be released around the time of the film and also include an appearance from Kendrick Lamar. Dre and Cube also talked about the Suge Knight situation in the THR interview, with each of them recalling the day the incident happened, though they weren’t sure if Knight showed up that day to cause trouble. “It’s just a really unfortunate incident,” Dre said. “Maybe [Knight] was looking for trouble. I don’t know.” You can read the full profile here

via Complex

Eminem talks new music, Dre, 50 Cent, more

Eminem, in a rare new interview, had a lot to say to the New York Times and most interestingly to me talked about his mindset when it comes to a solo album. I hope he explores new sounds if he goes that route. Here’s a wide amount of tidbits below and the full read here.

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Has being a father to teenagers changed how you think about your music?
“Not really. I think as you get older, you start — I don’t know how to answer that. I don’t really change. I guess I get more mature, but I don’t feel like I’ve changed much. I’m still a dad. You just go with the flow. But work is still work, and when I’m working, I’m focused on that.”

Do you show your kids your music?
“I’ve been trying to not focus as much on them, because I’ve done that and I don’t want to hinder their lives. I feel like the more that I talk about that, the harder their lives are.”

What’s your relationship like with 50 Cent these days? He’s on the soundtrack and in the movie.
“Same as it’s always been, pretty much. I love Fif’, man.”

Does Dre come to you about business, like with Beats?
“We always still do that. But I never thought the headphone thing — it came out of nowhere. I remember we were in Hawaii, and we were recording songs for “Detox” and for “Recovery.” Jimmy [Iovine] wanted us to do a photo shoot with the headphones on. Of course I’m gonna do it — it’s Jimmy and it’s Dre. But I’m thinking: “All right, can we get to the music? I just want to get back and record.” I remember thinking like: “How big is this thing going to be? It’s headphones.” But man, I should’ve known just based on Dre’s name alone. And Jimmy’s like the Great Gazoo, from “The Flintstones.” Somehow he has the foresight to always know what’s up. Sometimes I just don’t know what’s up. It blew my mind.”

Are you plugged in with current rap music?
“I try to stay up on everything that’s out. I love [Lil] Wayne, Drake, Big Sean, Schoolboy Q. I love Kendrick [Lamar]. I just try to pay attention to what’s out. Wayne puts out a new song, and my ears perk up. There are certain artists that make me do that just because of the caliber that they rhyme at — it’s like candy to me. Kendrick, the way he puts albums together — front to back, they’re like pieces of art. But hip-hop needs Drake, too. Hip-hop needs Big Sean. I feel like hip-hop is in a good place right now. There’s this balance of things going on, and it feels like some of the best rappers are the most successful. Sometimes that’s not the case.”

Do you feel competitive with the Kanyes and Drakes and Kendricks of the world? You seem a little removed from that.
“Kanye, as well — I forgot to mention Kanye. I’ll always be lyrically competitive.”

Where do you hear new stuff?
“Other people tell me about it and pull it up for me. I wait for other people to show it to me. I don’t particularly go on the Internet, because the experiences that I’ve had are not good. It’s not productive for me.”

You don’t want to Google your own name?
“Once I’m on the computer, it’s over, because I’m tempted to look at everything. I went on the computer recently and got on one site, read five comments and was like, “Man.” I have friends that do it — rapper friends. I’m like, “I don’t know how you do that.” Because you end up wanting to fight someone, kill them, or kill yourself — usually all three at once.”

Do you think Twitter and Instagram have affected rap?
“I know there are a lot of Twitter beefs. People used to just make songs. But it is what it is. The world’s forever changing, and you’ve just gotta adapt and evolve.”

What is your day-to-day life like in between albums?
“A lot of work. I’m usually in the studio five to six days a week, trying to think of my next move. Every now and then, I’ll reassess where I’m at in my career. I’m usually trying to think of what I’m going to do next.”

Are you working on a solo album?
“Not as of yet. But I’m just trying to figure out what to do next musically. There’ll be a certain page that I get on, and I’m like, “O.K., I’ve done it this way.” Sometimes I think that if I get comfortable or set in my ways of doing something, maybe I should step back for a minute and figure out how to mix it up a little bit.”

Do you feel like you’re still topping yourself?
“I feel like I’m still trying to. And sometimes I don’t know if that’s always a good thing. I don’t want to make it so that by the time I’m done with a song, you didn’t even understand what just happened. That’s what I try not to do. I’m my own worst nightmare in that sense.”

Because you’re so technically proficient that you can take it to a place where faster and more complicated isn’t always better?
“Yeah, that’s what I mean. Sometimes that’s cool, if the song calls for it. But if I end up starting to record for another album, I want to make sure I approach it the right way.”

Eminem’s letter to Tupac’s mother

I knew I could put that Tupac tape in, and suddenly, things weren’t so bad.

Thank Hip Hop Reddit once again for unearthing a very cool throwback that I don’t think many of us out there knew existed.

We did know the influence that 2Pac has had on Eminem as the living legend saluted 2Pac on record before, in interviews, and executive produced the Tupac: Resurrection Soundtrack (superb).

But now, we see an emotional letter that Eminem penned to Afeni Shakur speaking of the influence of ‘Pac on his life and career and keeping Afeni in his thoughts and prayers. The drawing up above too… Get lost in this below.

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An all-time top-tier favorite.

Gwen Stefani talks working with Eminem

He’s so incredible. He’s a real artist. He’s a real weirdo.

Gwen continues to ET, “I just finally got the call. It was one of those days where they were like, ‘Can you come do this?’ And I was like, ‘Really? Really?’ And they were like, ‘It has to be done today.’ And I was like, ‘Ok!’ And I just made it happen.”

“I went down there and my voice happened to not be working that day, and I was like, ‘Ok perfect — like, the one time I get asked to be on the Eminem song!?’ I don’t know – I just prayed really hard and the engineer made it come to life.”

“I’m driving, literally driving in the minivan with all my kids in the car… and on Bluetooth, somebody calls. And I’m like, ‘Hello?’ And it was him!” Stefani recounted. “And he’s like, ‘Hey just wanted to say thanks for doing the song. And I was like, ‘You don’t understand — I have all my kids in the car. You can’t call me right now. All my kids are in the car! Don’t say any bad words!’ I was literally going to soccer practice. But I was like, ‘I’m gonna make your song so cool!'”

Watch the video of Gwen saying the above at ET. This was the type of fun anecdotes I was looking for about their new single “Kings Never Die” since the collab kind of came out of left field. Nice to hear Gwen’s praise as this single continues to grow on me.

ICYMI: Eminem f/ Gwen Stefani “Kings Never Die”

Eminem, Kendrick, & Dre on Straight Outta Compton Soundtrack

The Straight Outta Compton Soundtrack is set to be a heater, but you should have already assumed that. But now we know a little bit more for sure as the biopic’s director, F. Gary Gray told MTV News:

“Dr. Dre, it took him 15 years to step out and say, ’I want to do music again’ in the way that he’s doing it. The soundtrack is insane. Seriously, it’s incredible.”

He goes on to say that Kendrick Lamar and Eminem are among the many great guest stars. I hope we’ll be blessed with a majority of all-new original songs and perhaps, fingers crossed, even an Em x Kendrick collab!?

Eminem “Phenomenal”

On the heels of his collab with Gwen Stefani earlier tonight, and the launch of Apple Music a couple days ago, Eminem drops his new visual for “Phenomenal” — a cinematic, 7 minute action thriller exclusive to the new streaming service.

No embed here, but update that iOS to watch it and it’s well worth it. If you don’t take the superhero moves too seriously, you’ll appreciate the fun action scenes that are crisply shot and enhanced by some special effects that are cool, but you should also not take too seriously.

Eminem is a badass though through an unknown Asian cityscape (also a badass setting). There’s a comedic break in the middle as Eminem miraculously lands in the car of actor Randall Park, whom he perhaps got to know in his cameo in The Interview. To top things off, we get a Dr. Dre cameo as the fantasy action thriller comes to a fitting close. I enjoyed it, and like I have written all month, “Phenomenal” has really grown on me as my go-to motivational jam right now. Watch and gain a new appreciation for it too.

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