Eminem is back and wasting no time signalling his return.
Next Friday brings with it the release of the Rap star’s 9th studio album ‘Revival’ and, as reported, he is bringing colossal cavalry with him (comprised of the likes of Pink, Beyonce, and Alicia Keys).
For his latest promotional stop, Interview Magazine, he teams up with a fellow superstar for a different of collaboration.
Elton John, who Slim Shady famously duetted with at the 2000 Grammys, interviews the Hip-Hop titan about a host of topics.
Together they discuss Em’s drug use and eventual soberness, new music, Donald Trump, touring, and much more.
Head below for pics and excerpts…
EMINEM: There are ups and downs. I haven’t had a perfect career. I’ve put some albums out that, looking back, I’m not super proud of, but there’s also a lot of stuff that I am very proud of.
JOHN: That’s just a part of being an artist; you can’t write great stuff all the time, because if you did, then you’d be inhuman. The human side of people is that sometimes they fail.
EMINEM: You’re not going to hit it every single time, and that’s why, when I record an album, I do probably close to 50 songs. Each song I record has to get better. If it’s not better than the last song that I made, it’ll usually linger for a couple of months, and then it’ll be put on the backburner, and then there’ll be another song that I do, and then it often doesn’t make it on the album.
JOHN: It needed to be said. I’ve been coming to America since 1970, and it’s like my second home, but I’ve never felt such a divided country, ever. I didn’t think it would get to this point, and it breaks my heart.
EMINEM: It was about having the right to stand up to oppression. I mean, that’s exactly what the people in the military and the people who have given their lives for this country have fought for—for everybody to have a voice and to protest injustices and speak out against shit that’s wrong. We’re not trying to disrespect the military, we’re not trying to disrespect the flag, we’re not trying to disrespect our country. But shit is going on that we want to make you aware of. We have a president who does not care about everybody in our country; he is not the president for all of us, he is the president for some of us. He knows what he’s doing.
JOHN: Everything that he does is deliberate.
EMINEM: As long as he’s got his base, he does not give a fuck about anybody else in America. But guess what? There’s more of us than there are of them. I still feel like America is the greatest country to live in. This is my opinion. But we have issues that we need to work on and we need to do better.
JOHN: I know you’ve done some festivals this year. Are you going to go out to tour this album next year?
EMINEM: I’m not sure. We usually do mini tours.
JOHN: Do you like touring?
EMINEM: It used to be hard. Early on in my career when I was more in grind mode, I was doing two or three shows a day. It was tough because you start feeling like you have no life. That being said, I do enjoy actually doing the shows.
JOHN: It’s the traveling that’s the worst bit. And being away from home.
EMINEM: Yeah. That’s tough, too.
JOHN: When this album comes out, people are going to want to hear it. It’s a tribute to your longevity as an artist, your intelligence, your musical and lyrical brilliance. I’m so happy you exist in the world, and I’m just so proud of you. You’ve worked so hard on yourself, and no one deserves this more than you, Marshall, and I love you from a long way away, okay?
EMINEM: Thank you, Elton. I love you, too.