As it was reported earlier, Eminem is set to cover the latest edition of Billboard. Now, we have some excerpts of cover story from the Eminem edition of the magazine.
During his interview for the cover story, Eminem addressed rebelling about being in the spotlight earlier in his career, MMLP2 closing themes and chapters from the MMLP, knowing it would be tough to create a sequel, and he also talks Kendrick Lamar while saying he’s an incredible artist.
Em spoke about rebelling from being in the spotlight earlier in his career:
“I wanted the fame, but not the cover of Newsweek/Oh well, I guess beggars can’t be choosy,” he rhymes. “Wanted to receive attention for my music/Wanted to be left alone in public, excuse me.”
“I remember it felt like shit was just flying by me and nothing really seemed real,” Eminem says, recalling the media frenzy of his early years, during which he tangled with, among others, GLAAD and Lynne Cheney, wife of former Vice President Dick Cheney. “When I was making records, I would just take my frustrations out about that. I mean, fuck, here it is 2013 and I still don’t really have a total grasp on it yet and understand it.”
“[I had] the opportunity to re-examine themes and chapters that I felt like I hadn’t closed.”
As he continued addressing creating a sequel, Em says:
“I kind of just make what I make and however people take to it is how they take to it, or don’t take to it. I knew that it would have to match a certain intensity and vibe and feel in order to call it [The Marshall Mathers LP 2]. I want to say I’m confident that I’ve done that, but it’s up to the listener to decide.”
“One of the things I thought might be cool to try to accomplish was to see if I could bring it back and remind people of the first time they ever heard me on a record. I wanted to try and recapture that nostalgic feeling.”
Later in the interview, Eminem spoke on Kendrick Lamar, and says what the Compton rapper has been doing is incredible:
“What [Kendrick Lamar’s] doing right now, it’s pretty fucking incredible. He seems like this kid that’s just full of life and happy to be here. The impact he’s had over just the last couple of years. it’s been really fun for me to watch.”