I never intended to be a pop star, says Eminem
LONDON: When it comes to creating audacious soundbites, Kanye West is a tough act to follow.
During his last appearance on BBC’s Radio 1 with Zane Lowe, the rapper gave an outrageous interview where he not only claimed to be the biggest rock star in the world, but also a god. He also talked about his fondness for “dopeness” and he questioned Lady Gaga’s understanding of the camera industry.
However, if anyone in the world could live up to West’s verbal dexterity, Eminem is the man.
In his recent appearance on Radio 1, the 41-year-old rapper talked to host Lowe about Kanye’s unconventional interview.
“I’m super excited to be here. I was trying to figure out how I was going to top the publicity of yours and Kanye’s interview,” he said.
“Being a pop star… I never intended to be any of that,” said the Stan singer.
“All I ever wanted to do was get respect from peers and other rappers. All the other stuff that came with it was confusing to me. I never set out to make a pop song, or crossover song, or whatever… then, boom, it happened.
“I’ve never been an attention seeker, so this seems like a hell of a career choice,” admitted Eminem.
“But that’s not why I do it… So when it all went crazy. It was hard to wrap my head around it.”
It was after the fame became too much for the chart-topper that he turned to drugs to deal with the chaos of becoming a worldwide recognised celebrity.
However, the rapper was able to seek help after he began to spiral out of control and has been sober for five years now.
“I am definitely thankful. I know I could have taken another path… went another direction,’ he said.
“I’m able to be more focused now than I’ve ever been. But I’m also able to put (this) in perspective. The problem is I can’t put a lot in perspective, because there’s a lot that… there’s a lot that I don’t remember, and maybe that’s cool.
“I know that there’s so many addicts in this world, and people who have problems like that, that don’t make it. So I’m thankful for that.”
But will the artist slip back into old ways now that he has another hit on his hands with the release of his latest The Marshall Mathers LP 2?
“The difference this time is that I’m totally prepared for it,’ reassured the musician. – Daily Mail
● Eminem is due to perform at Cape Town Stadium on February 26.