Eminem is scheduled to tour Australia and New Zealand with J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar in February. The Detroit rapper says what his Aftermath Entertainment labelmate has been able to accomplish is remarkable.
“What he’s doing right now, it’s pretty fucking incredible,” Eminem says of Lamar during an interview with Billboard. “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.”
Fans are watching as Eminem prepares for the impending release of Eminem’s next album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which is scheduled for a November 5 release and is scheduled to include “Love Game,” an Eminem collaboration with Kendrick Lamar.
In the Billboard interview, Eminem says that he knew that making a sequel to his best-selling album (2000’s The Marshall Mathers LP sold 10.8 million copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan, Billboard says), would be tough.
“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],” Eminem says. “I want to say I’m confident that I’ve done that, but it’s up to the listener to decide.”
Eminem also says that he wanted his listeners to think of his early material when they listened to The Marshall Mathers LP 2.
“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,” Eminem says. “I wanted to try and recapture that nostalgic feeling.”
Though he is aiming for nostalgia, Eminem says he does not plan to make a third installment of The Marshall Mathers LP.
“I hope not,” Eminem says. “I don’t know what I’ll be doing as far as whether I’ll still be making music. I’d like to keep doing it as long as I still have the passion for it. But I hope to always be involved in hip-hop in one form or another. Because when it comes down to it, this is really all I know.”
The interview is set to appear in Billboard’s upcoming November issue, which is set to feature Eminem on its cover, as reported yesterday (October 31).
Nasir Jones is often mentioned in any conversation about the greatest emcees of all time and his mark on the culture is permanently stamped in history. The Queens, New York native is now helping to ensure that the study of Hip Hop and its cultural value endures as well.
Nas teamed with the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute’s Henry Louis Gates and Hip Hop Archive and Research Institute’s Marcyliena Morgan to create the Nasir Jones Hip Hop Fellowship. The Harvard University program provides opportunities for students to research and develop Hip Hop centered projects like performance pieces, curriculum planning, and exhibition preparation.
From its earliest days Hip Hop has served as not just an outlet of artistic expression but also as a vehicle to transport knowledge to its listeners. While Nas never completed high school the exceptional lyricist recently spoke with Rolling Stone about how Hip Hop was an early form of education for him.
“One thing that drew me to Hip Hop was the things Kurtis Blow was saying, the things Melle Mel was saying,” shared Nas who also revealed he had dreams of attending North Carolina State University. “I would ask my folks, ‘What do Run-D.M.C. or Rakim mean by this?’”
The creator of classic rap albums like Illmatic and It Was Written also talked about how Hip Hop and other forms of music shed a light on the thoughts and feelings of young people.
“Hip Hop is important like computer science,” he added. “The world is changing. If you want to understand the youth, listen to the music. This is what’s happening right underneath your nose.”