Eminem is one of the hottest rappers in the industry right now. The Detroit emcee is known for his harsh rhymes and hard-hitting lyrics. But what would have happened if Slim Shady dissed BOTH Lil Wayne and Kanye West on the hit 2010 album, Recovery?
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In a recent interview with Power 106 radio DJ Big Boi (March 31), Shady reveals that he contemplated bashing Yeezy and Weezy during his brief moment of "creative inactivity" in the hit song, "Talkin' 2 Myself." Eminem explains:
"When I made the record 'Talkin' 2 Myself,' what I was basically talking about [was] with the time period that I was away. I was kind of watching what was going on in the game and it was like anything that was hot at that moment or anybody who was really killing s*it at that moment I felt like - I felt so bad about myself and the music that I was creating, that I felt like I started to turn into a hater. And it wasn't just, you know, singling Kanye and Wayne out at that time period, I mean they were the ones who were the killing it the most to me. And it hurt. I'd pop the CD in and be like, 'F*ck man, I'm not doing this no more.' I felt like I came very close to like, for me it would have been career suicide because I felt like, 'I should make a song just dissing everybody who's doing in it the game right now.'"
The MMLP2 rapper claims that he never actually wrote such diss lyrics, but the temptation was real:
"I just had the thoughts, just walking around the studio. I think that deep down I just wasn't happy with myself, man. I knew that there were some really dark moments in there. When I think about how my thought process was when I was high a lot, it wasn't good, man, and it certainly wasn't me 'cause I'm not even that kind of person."
Lyrics in "Talkin' 2 Myself" include - "Hatred was flowing through my veins, on the verge of going insane / I almost made a song dissing Lil Wayne / It's like I was jealous of him 'cause of the attention he was gettin' / I felt horrible about myself / He was spittin and I wasn't / Anyone who was buzzin back then coulda got it / Almost went at Kanye too."
During the interview, Shady reveals that he was initially wary about returning to the world of rap music - primarily because of his ongoing battle with drug addiction:
"That was another thing... It was like, 'Nah. I didn't.' During that time period, I couldn't see myself even being able to do anything sober: talk to people, have a conversation, go to the studio, record, watch movies. I couldn't do anything without being high. It was to the point that I was taking pills just not to feel sick."
Despite brief hiatuses every now and then, Eminem never left music behind for good. Family's important, but he'd "lose his mind" without music. In fact, even when he wasn't releasing new tracks, Shady could usually be found in the studio:
"I never really left the business. Actually, I am the type of person that does [have] to do music. This is my passion, this is what I'm so passionate about. I don't know how long I'm gonna keep doing it for, I'll take that as it comes. But I do need music...It's my therapy. It just feels good to get it out... It depends on what time frame it was. I would say from Encore to Relapse I think everybody knows that story as far as what I spent a lot of time doing. Basically just in the lab, spent a lot of time trying to reassess my career, what I wanna do, how I wanna sound I guess, and just, you know, in the lab."
Eminem hits the road with Rihanna this summer during August's highly-anticipated "The Monster" Tour.
Check out the full (and rather revealing) interview here:
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