As November 5, the release date of Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2, approaches, the Detroit emcee continues to discuss his latest project.
In an interview on DJ Whoo Kid’s Shade 45 show, Eminem spoke specifically about recording with Rick Rubin, one of the executive producers of the project.
“I’m a huge fan of Rick, and the shit that he does, and how he’s able to dip in and out of different genres of music and master all of them,” said Em. “That’s pretty fucking crazy how he can do it. And obviously, his early work and shit with the Beastie Boys and Run-DMC. There was a little intimidation factor going in. I’m just such a fan and was just anxious and nervous to meet him, let alone work with him. And the fact that he even wanted to reach out and work with me is super humbling to me.”
Eminem continued, “But it was fun. It was fun because, Rick, he’s pretty easy to work with. Whatever ideas you got, throw ‘em out there, he’s willing to try whatever. At the end of the day, whatever we don’t like, we can always take it out, keep this idea, scrap this one.”
Eminem spoke about early Def Jam music, much of which was produced by Rubin, who co-founded the label. “I just want to say this: I’m a super fan of all the early ’80s Hip Hop, man. All the early Beastie Boys shit, on Licensed to Ill, how they incorporated all the Led Zeppelin samples and all that, and the early Run-DMC shit, how those first few albums were so Rock-influenced. There’s something to be said about the nostalgia of bringing that back, and getting with Rick, I was hoping to tap into some of that, because I started fuckin’ around on the Slaughterhouse album, I think, with some of the older sounds, just vintage scratches and whatever. …I had already kinda started doing that, but I was hoping to get with Rick and take it to another level.”
Listen to the interview below:
When Kendrick Lamar released his verse on Big Sean’s “Control,” he mentioned several rappers, including J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electronica, Tyler, the Creator and Mac Miller. “I got love for you all but I’m tryin’ to murder you niggas,” Kendrick rapped.
One artist he didn’t mention on the track was Nicki Minaj, who addressed her absence in a recent interview with New York radio station Power 105.1’s Breakfast Club.
“I’m probably in the top five of the niggas he did mention, so go and do your motherfucking research,” Nicki Minaj said. “But, I also feel like he may be one of those respectful gentlemen that probably felt like, ‘I don’t want to say a female’s name.’ Or maybe he just don’t think the kid is ill. But the kid knows the kid is ill, so I don’t need to be on nobody’s dick.”
On “Control,” Kendrick also claimed the title of “King of New York,” referencing a similar Kurupt line. This was another portion of Lamar’s verse that Nicki addressed.
“I’m the Queen of New York; I’m the King of New York. Let me tell you why. Platinum albums,” Nicki said, referring to her projects Pink Friday and Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, both of which have been certified platinum. “‘Albums. Plural. Number one in five motherfucking countries, nigga. Don’t play with me. You better respect my motherfucking gangsta, bitch. When you got an album that goes number one in Japan, the UK, Australia, America and Canada at the same motherfucking time, then you can speak my motherfucking name.”
On Saturday (November 2), Nicki posted on Twitter to let fans know that the interview was in good fun. She also clarified that she thinks Jay Z is the King of New York:
Lol. I’m going to post the full interview. It was all in fun. For the record, Hov is the king of NY in my eyes.
Music video by Rick Ross performing No Games (Explicit). ©: Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.