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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Eminem & Stephen Colbert on Public Access

For real. On Monroe, Michigan public access. Now for the interwebs.

This combo is as great as advertised, and photographed above. The show goes on for 41 minutes so tune in to see some dry humor as the two go back and forth about almost anything, including vague facts about Michigan. Great stuff.

(Be sure to also fire up Apple Music today for Eminem’s big chat with Zane Lowe… overshadowed by this viral video.)