I never in­tended to be a pop star, says Eminem

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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.

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