Eminem Discusses "Renaissance"," Sobriety, And Donald Trump With Elton John
A casual conversation between two old friends.
Eminem spoke to an old friend, the legendary musician Elton John, ahead of his Revival of the publication of the album in an article for Interview Magazine. The two became close after teaming up at the 2001 Grammy Awards to perform Slim Shady's "Stan", a declaration against homophobia when Eminem — the perception of a homophobe — and John — a man openly gay — they embraced each other and joined together on the stage. The authenticity of their friendship shines in a frank and casual conversation, which touched on music, addiction to drugs, Donald Trump and Eminem's relationships with Dr. Dre and Paul Rosenberg.
Here are some of the most prominent.
In The Renaissance:
"It is a reflection of where I am now, but I also feel like what I tried to do was to diversify. I tried to do a little something for everyone."
"Getting clean made me grow. I feel like all the years in which I was using, I was not growing as a person."
Being a private person:
"I feel as if I do not go away, I get sick of myself. It has never been my thing to be the center of attention all the time."
In Dr. Dre's influence:
"He began to show me things that I didn't know I could do with my voice."
"Sometimes we're on the same page and, sometimes, we are not. He's usually right about it."
In his creative process:
"When I go to burn a disc, I probably close to 50 songs. Every song I record to get better...in the First place, the rhythm has to be great—start there. You start with the music and then the ideas that follow. Then, start thinking in rhymes, and then burn."
In your current favorite artists:
"J. Cole. Travis Scott. Kendrick is great. My friend Royce Da 5'9 is amazing. Joyner Lucas is really good. Tech N9ne, too."
In your Anti-Donald Trump freestyle:
"It's about having the right to resist oppression. We have a president that does not care about everyone in o