Wednesday, October 28

Eminem Talks Being His Own DJ (DJ Hero)

DJ Hero (and it's Renegade Edition), hit stores today so it's only fitting we have a new interview with Eminem talking about the game. "Back in the 'Hip Hop Shop' days, a DJ would throw on a record and you had to spit a rap to it so it was the heart and soul of battling," Eminem says. "The cool thing about DJ Hero is that the music is actually part of the video game itself," the Detroit rapper says as he's shown playing the game.

"As soon as I master it it's going to be fun because then I'm going to get my ass in the studio and learn how to scratch. Then at live shows, I'm going to be my own DJ, run up there thrown the record on, run down...and rap," Eminem says before talking about the Eminem/Jay-Z special Renegade Edition of the game. "Im going to be better at this game than Jazzy Jeff by the way," Eminem adds "give me a couple years, but I'm going to better than him at this game."
Source: RapBasement

Wednesday, October 21

Eminem's Relapse 2 Is 'Comin' Out Good,' Just Blaze Says

Eminem has said that the forthcoming Relapse 2 will be more "emotionally driven," and pointed out that he's working with some new collaborators.

"[The album] is gonna be a lot different than people expect," Eminem said in an interview on his Shade 45 satellite-radio station last week. "As far as the contrast from the last album to this one, I got a couple of tracks with [D12's] Mr. Porter, two tracks with him so far. Four, possibly five with Just Blaze. The overall basis of this record, I went back to songs that are more emotionally driven. The last record I made, I think I was concentrating more on spitting. On this album, I feel like there's some of that, but I went back to songs with [feelings] to them as opposed to just rap records."

Blaze — who has worked in the past with Jay-Z, Kanye West, Usher, Mariah Carey, and many others — talked about working with Eminem during an interview with Distortion to Static that was posted on Monday.

"Now that he's put it out there, I am working with Eminem on his new album," Blaze said. "We are working on Relapse 2 pretty heavily. As of yesterday, we've done about six or seven records. I go back in with him in a couple of weeks and do three or four more maybe. I've been quietly goin' back forth from New York to Detroit the past two months, just gettin' a feel for it and gettin' a feel for working with each other. He hasn't worked with too many people outside his camp. I haven't worked with him before. We got a good working relationship now, a good friendship now, so the records is comin' out good."

While Eminem has kept a fairly low profile in the weeks since the first Relapse was released, he told Shady 45 that he'll decide whether to go on tour after the second album is released.
Source: MTV & RapBasement

Sunday, October 18

Eminem's 'Taking My Ball' Hits The Net

"DJ Hero: Renegade Edition" will be in stores in less than two weeks, but one of the marquee items that comes with the game, a new Eminem record called "Taking My Ball," hit the Internet on Friday.

"It feels so wrong, 'cause it feels so right," he raps on the chorus. "But it's alright/ It's OK with me/ I'll do my steps/ All by myself/ I don't need nobody to come play with me/ But if you just give me a chance/ I can put you in a trance the way I dance/ But don't nobody wanna play with me/ So I'm taking my ball and going home."

Throughout the record, Slim Shady addresses female celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and comes with his off-the-wall rhyme scenarios, like being a cannibal and placing coins in a certain part of his body.

"They call me the Fruit Loop from Jupiter," he declares in the second verse. Em also references Mischa Barton, Tara Reid and a former talk-show host: "Mosey on over to Rosie O'Donnell's/ With McDonald's/ Jump in her lap/ And watch 'The Sopranos.' "

In his last verse, Em talks about a famous political figure.

"They're afraid I might get Sarah Palin by the hair," he says in the last verse. "And make her get in a bathing suit/ And take her parasailing/ 'Shady, why you gotta pick on the lady for?/ Why you make her read 84 bedtime stories to you in baby talk?' "

"DJ Hero: Renegade Edition" comes out October 27 and features some of Eminem's and Jay-Z's biggest records, including "Lose Yourself" and "D.O.A."


Thursday, October 15

Madonna Snubbed By Eminem

What Madonna wants, Madonna gets, right? Well, yes – unless you mean working with one of the world’s biggest rappers.

In a hefty new interview with US Rolling Stone magazine, the Queen Of Pop admits Eminem snubbed her offer of a collaboration.

But Madge doesn’t think it was personal. (She wouldn’t…)

She tells the mag: "I wanted to work with Eminem. I don't think he wanted to work with me. Maybe he's shy."

Yup, he certainly comes across that way, Madge.

At least Justin Timberlake was accommodating.

Of the greasy-limbed lad, she said: “Justin is a brilliant songwriter. I mean: ‘What Goes Around…..Comes Around?’ Brilliant.

“I thought it would be a challenge to work with him. He's sort of a Cary Grant. I love him. I love working with him."

Well, you’re both single…


Wednesday, October 14

Eminem, Public Enemy Celebrate Def Jam Catalog At VH1's 'Hip Hop Honors'

Usually when hip-hop heads new and old gather to celebrate someone being recognized as a "VH1 Hip Hop Honors" inductee, it's a pioneering act like LL Cool J, Rakim or Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.

However, on Tuesday night (October 13), during the telecast of the sixth-annual production, the Tracy Morgan-hosted event broke new ground, honoring an entire record label.

And it was only right that the label was Def Jam, the most influential rap imprint in history. The 25-year-old label was founded by Rick Rubin and cultivated by the likes of Russell Simmons, Lyor Cohen and so many other prominent figures in hip-hop. LL Cool J was the face of the label for so many years, so it was fitting that his music kicked off the event.

The Roots started things off with "Rock the Bells," but the Philadelphia band's frontman, Black Thought, wasn't alone. Thought ripped through the first verse before he gave way to a surprise guest: Slim Shady. Eminem has long been a Todd Smith fan, and he didn't disappoint when he got his chance to prove it to the world.

"Now I'm worldwide known/ Whether you like it or not/ My one-man band is Cut Creator/ When he's on the fader/ What's my DJ's name?"

"Cut Creator!" the crowd yelled as they finished the line.

Kid Rock also paid homage to Uncle L with "I'm Bad." The Detroit rocker was decked out in a red Troop tracksuit with matching Kangol bucket hat. Rock also manned the turntables during the night, splitting House DJ duties with Ed Lover.

The second performance of the night was from one of Def Jam's signature groups, Public Enemy. Chuck D immediately captured the crowd's attention with the opening lines of "Rebel Without a Pause": "Yes, the rhythm, the rebel." Chuck still has one of the most recognizable and commanding voices in all of music, not just rap.

Flavor Flav came out wearing a white tuxedo jacket, matching top hat and a black bow tie. PE arguably had the performance of the night with help from the Roots, S1W and the Coup's Boots Riley. The Long Island-bred rap chiefs were just born for the stage and had the entire crowd on their feet.

Another bricklaying squad for the house that Russell and Rick built was, undoubtedly, the Beastie Boys. KRS-One, Wale and the Gym Class Heroes did a rocking rendition of "No Sleep Till Brooklyn." The song was well-received at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, where the event was held — marking the first time the show took place outside of Manhattan's Hammerstein Ballroom.

Travis McCoy, who wore a black T-shirt with the names DJ AM and Roc Raida in the shape of the Run-DMC logo, took on the first verse. The Blastmaster, who is a former HHH honoree himself, took verse two and ended by saying, "Adam, get well soon," referring to Adam Yauch, who is currently battling cancer. Wale finished off the song and later in the night paid tribute to new jack Def Jam artist Kanye West by wearing a backpack and performing "Touch the Sky."

Throughout the night, Simmons and Rubin traded pre-taped memories of their days as '80s music hustlers. Cohen, who has a reputation for being temperamental, also testified about his experiences at the legendary label, even briefly poking fun at his militant demeanor. Former Def Jam executives Kevin Liles and Julie Greenwald also shared stories about their time at the House that Russell Built.

When Def Jam alumni Onyx performed their monstrous cut "Slam," it felt like the group had stepped out of a time capsule: They looked almost exactly the same and still had the insane energy that made them famous.

Sticky Fingaz climbed on top of a large speaker toward the side of the stage, forcefully delivering his closing verse — one of the most memorable in Def Jam's catalog. Rather than descend from the speaker after the performance, Sticky just climbed into the balcony seats for his exit.

Other performers included Rick Ross, Fabolous, Foxy Brown, Redman, Method Man, Mary J. Blige, EPMD, Ghostface Killah, Chrisette Michele, Warren G, Trey Songz, the reunion of Ashanti and Ja Rule, Ludacris and DMX — many of whom teamed up with the Roots for a show-closing medley of Def Jam hits.

Offstage, friends-turned-foes Ja Rule and DMX had their own reunion of sorts. The two came up together through Def Jam and, along with Irv Gotti and Jay-Z, helped breathe new life into the label in the late '90s before the gravel-voiced MCs began dissing each other on records. As X was walking out Ja was returning to his seat, and the pair saw each other, hugged and talked for a few moments.

Chris Rock, Eve, Jazzy Jeff and director Brett Ratner were among the many notable names in attendance.
Source: MTV

Eminem Talks Hearing 50 Cent Was Shot

Tonight at 8PM, VH1 will continue their "Behind The Music" series with a special on 50 Cent. During the special they of course interview Eminem and he recalls first hearing about 50. "I heard the record 'Lifes on the Line,' then not long after that I heard 'How to Rob,' and I was like "wow this guys crazy," Eminem recalls.

Eminem continues by describing that shorting after hearing the songs, he found out 50 Cent got shot and no one thought he was going to make it. "When you hear someone got shot nine times, you don't really expect them to make it," he says "we heard about 50 getting stabbed and it was like just like wow, this dude has a lot of drama surrounding him right now."

Source: RabBasement

Tuesday, October 13

B.o.B Says Eminem & Lupe Are On His Album

B.o.B. aka Bobby Ray (or whatever name you would like to refer to him as) recently revealed some BIG news. This past week, B.o.B was on the red carpet for the upcoming BET Hip-Hop Awards and Angela Yee got a chance to ask him a few questions. During the mini-interview, Bobby Ray revealed that not only is Lupe Fiasco on his debut album but none other than EMINEM is also on it (we heard a rumor that Bobby is signed to Shady Publishing, maybe that helped). The Lp, titled "The Adventures Of B.o.B," currently doesn't have a release date, but whenever it does drop, it's bound to be a classic.
Source: RapBaement

Monday, October 12

Lil Wayne & Jermaine Dupre Question MTV Over Eminem Omission

Lil Wayne has become the latest artist to question why Eminem was not included on MTV's Hottest MCs list. "Eminem [is not on the list]? Who else is on the list? Gucci who? Gucci Mane? Gucci Mane was on the list and Eminem wasn't on it? [laughs] Shout-out my n*gga Gucci," Wayne told Tim Westwood. Reacting to Jay-Z being number one, Lil Wayne joked around. "Uhm, who's number one?," Wayne asked radio personality Tim Westwood in an interview. "Jay-Z? Nah, that's cool [me being at number two.] That's cool. That's okay, I thought Drake was gonna be number one.

Source: RapBasement

Saturday, October 10

Eminem Performs LL Cool J's Rock The Bells

The VH1 Hip Hop Honors debuts on October 13th at 9pm/8cn but you can preview it now! In a new clip recently leaked, Eminem is shown performing LL Cool J's "Rock The Bells" track with the help of The Roots and DJ Jazzy Jeff.
Source: RapBasement

Friday, October 9

MTV Tries To Explain Eminem's Omission And Fails (Jay-Z Agrees)

Recently MTV posted an article Why Isn't Eminem In The Hottest MCs Top 10? Since posting their 'List' MTV has been getting blasted for not including Eminem, even from their #1 Hottest MC, Jay-Z. "Eminem?!?! I think you do the credibility of this list a disservice if you don’t thoroughly explain his omission. As of this second he has the highest selling rap album of the year and a scene stealing verse on the best ‘posse’ cut of the year," Jay wrote to MTV.
So once again, we will use quotes from MTV to show how they not only were wrong but constantly contridict themselves. In their response, they said the list was based on...

MIC SKILLS - Did they not hear "UNDERGROUND" from ''Relapse,' which was one of his most lyrical and hungry songs in years. Let's not forget his diss towards Mariah Carey ‘THE WARNING’ which is arguably his hardest diss in years, even if it was to some of the softest peops in the game (Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon)

BUZZ - Anytime there is a single word mentioning Eminem as a feature or a producer, people come storming in requesting and commenting. Even with false rumors like the whole ‘Eminem Gets Fat’ thing, the stories and headlines start buzzing immedietly.

COMMERCIAL SUCCESS (SALES AND AIRPLAY) – Eminem had the highest selling first week this year along with going platinum in 2 weeks. Relapse was #1 in sales in over 14 countries (Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Ireland, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Polish, Taiwan, UK, US) not to mention the first single from Relapse ‘Crack a Bottle’ was #1 on the charts in both US and Canada.

BUSINESS VENTURES – Anyone ever heard of Shade 45 (highest rated hip hop channel on satelite radio) or Shady Records? (which happens to include 50 CENT, one of their hottest mcs)

WEB PRESENCE – NO other Rap artist has as many fan and other sites dedicated to them. It doesn't matter what music site you go to you will see Eminem somewhere.

IMPACT – Last years hottest MC was Lil Wayne. Eminem has such impact on Lil Wayne that he numerous times throughout the year begged for a Collaboration with Slim Shady. Eventually the two got together on ‘Forever’ (featuring Drake and Kanye West as well). So from last years hottest mc, to one of the newest mc’s in the game (Asher Roth) artists have expressed HUGE thanks to Eminem for his impact and contributions to Hip Hop even giving him the hope of becoming a rapper one day.

ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE MOMENT NOT AN ENTIRE CAREER - what about winning MTV's own 'Best Hip Hop Video' award?

The only real reason that MTV could use for not including Eminem took himself out of of the public eye after releasing his "Relapse" album. That means that appearing on BOTH MTV's "Movie Awards" and "Video Music Awards" plus taking over Jimmy Kimmel Live, appearing on BET's shows, multiple interviews on his Shade45 and even releasing three music videos, doesn't factor in.

MTV then says timing was an issue stating... "If the Brain Trust had compiled the Hottest list back in May, there's no doubt Eminem would have made the Top 10," yet they included Kanye West and Lil Wayne who both had albums come out BEFORE Eminem, not to mention including Drake, who doesn't even have an album out yet.

Source: RapBasement

Thursday, October 8

Why Isn't Eminem In The Hottest MCs Top 10?

MTV News' Hottest MCs in the Game list was rolled out over the past week, and from the jump, one topic has garnered much of the attention.

First, we would like to thank all of you who logged on and got involved. You voted, left thousands of comments and engaged in the conversation with tremendous passion. We respect your opinions and appreciate your continued participation.

The Hottest MCs in the Game list is created entirely by the Hip-Hop Brain Trust, a group of 10 passionate, informed, opinionated people who rank, discuss and debate artists' heat in a precise moment. With this list, it's all about the now.

And right now, the most discussed topic is Eminem's absence from the Top 10. While he didn't qualify in previous years due to a lack of musical activity, he released Relapse, his first full album of new material in five years, in May. And Slim Shady's fans have told us that the omission of the legendary MC from the 2009 list was a major misstep.

So how was the list determined?

The 2009 Hottest MCs in the Game list is based on an MC's achievements of the moment, not an entire career. The criteria are based on a combination of mic skills, buzz, commercial success (sales and airplay), business ventures, Web presence, and impact.

Each member of the Brain Trust compiles his or her list based on those criteria. The fan list is factored as an 11th judge. Each ranked artist is then awarded a number (number 10 is worth one point, and so on). Those 11 lists and their respective values are combined to form a final list, which is then discussed and debated at the Roundtable.

Eminem's ranking was one of the most discussed topics at the Roundtable. His hotly anticipated return to hip-hop after a long absence drove first-week sales of over 600,000 — the highest first-week sales of the year so far. He granted a handful of select interviews here and abroad, and was part of a massive moment with Sacha Baron Cohen at the MTV Movie Awards.

But then Em retreated to the lab, where he spent the summer crafting Relapse 2. From June to September, Em all but took himself out of the public eye, while other MCs generated week-to-week heat with mixtapes, guest appearances, performances and Web activity.

He returned in September with comedic moments and a win at the VMAs, then dropped a verse on Drake's "Forever" (also featuring Kanye West and Lil Wayne). The song's move into heavy rotation came subsequent to our roundtable vote. In between, he kept his profile low.

Eminem is one of the best ever on the mic. His track record is undeniable. The Hottest list deals with right now, though. If the Brain Trust had compiled the Hottest list back in May, there's no doubt Eminem would have made the Top 10.

In the end, the Hottest MCs in the Game is representative of the opinion of the members of the Brain Trust. You have every right to disagree. That's what the Hottest MCs is all about: engaging in a thought-provoking, informed, fervent dialogue about hip-hop, the music and culture we all love.
Source: MTV

Eminem's Relapse 2 Will Be More 'Emotionally Driven

If Relapse marked the return of Slim Shady and his outrageous rhymes, then the sequel is shaping up to be Marshall Mathers' turn back in the spotlight.

In an interview on his Shade 45 satellite-radio station Tuesday night, Eminem explained the concept behind the forthcoming Relapse 2.

"[The album] is gonna be a lot different than people expect," Eminem told DJ Tony Touch. "As far as the contrast from the last album to this one, I got a couple of tracks with [D12's] Mr. Porter, two tracks with him so far. Four, possibly five with Just Blaze. The overall basis of this record, I went back to songs that are more emotionally driven. The last record I made, I think I was concentrating more on spitting. On this album, I feel like there's some of that, but I went back to songs with [feelings] to them as opposed to just rap records."

During the recording of Relapse, Eminem admitted he suffered from writer's block at times, and to return to form, he revisited his earlier style of rhyme that helped him earn his alter ego. Songs like "Insane" and "Underground" showcased his rapid-fire flow and outrageous lines. "Dre, I'm down here, under the ground, dig me up/ Broken tibias, fibias, yeah, fix me up," he rapped on "Underground."

"I had to get it all out of my system," Em said of the lyrical urgency behind Relapse. "I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it again."

Once the Detroit MC broke free from his struggles with the pen, he went on to record three albums' worth of material. He and his camp decided to whittle the songs down to two projects. In April, the rapper announced that Relapse 2 was done before the first one even arrived. He said during the mixing process, new tracks might be added.

Recently, he's raised his profile with a guest verse on Drake's "Forever," also featuring Kanye West and Lil Wayne. His standout turn on the track increased anticipation for his next album. On "Forever," Eminem hearkened back to the "8 Mile" style that endeared him to fans with his personal tales.

The focus on polishing the second album, though, has consumed Eminem so much that he's only made scattered appearances since Relapse debuted in May. Once Relapse 2 arrives, tentatively later this year, Eminem said he'll decide then whether to go on tour.

"During the process of me getting sober and starting to record again like I used to, I got so excited about making music again that I wanted to concentrate [just] on that," he said. "I started recording so many records that we thought about putting out two albums. Then that became my motivation. I wanted to stay grinding and keep making music. But the time I got engulfed in [Relapse 2], it just kind of worked out this way, where I wanted to fall back from live performances for right now and concentrate on making the best music I could make. After this record comes out, we'll see what happens from there."


Wednesday, October 7

Eminem On Cinco De Shady

Eminem stopped by Toca Tuesday's with Tony Touch (aka Tony Toca) to celebrate the five year anniversary of Shade 45, his Sirius-XM Satelite Radio station. Many topics were covered including (of course) Eminem's upcoming "Relapse 2" album, the Voodoo Festival (the only live concert Eminem is doing this year) and his video game with Jay-Z, DJ Hero.

When asked what he had planned for after the new album, Eminem said he is just trying to focus on the new record and anything after that is up in the air, including possibly doing another movie.
Source: RapBasement

Tuesday, October 6

Eminem Gives Relapse 2 Details

Eminem recently stopped by his Shade 45 radio station for DJ Whoo Kid's birthday bash and he ended up giving some details on his upcoming "Relapse 2" album. "Me and Fif did a couple of records, couple of months ago in Vegas, one song for my record and another for his," Em revealed in an interview.

Em then went on to give details on the 50 Cent collab. "We just wanted to like, I just had an idea to like 'Yo, why don't we do something we ain't done yet.' And kinda go back and forth, we've kinda done it on other records but not to the extent of what we're doing on this one."

Before he left, Eminem also talked about production for his upcoming LP. "The way that it's going now, Denaun (Mr. Porter of D12) has two [produced] tracks on the record and Just Blaze has four, possibly five...I definitely feel like I'm in a little different space right now. I don't know, with the last record, it felt like a lot of it had to do with me being sober...With Relapse 1 -- a lot of that album, I wanted to rap at fire and do punchlines."
Source: RapBasement

50 Says Em Turned Down $15 Mill Movie Offer

We all know that after D12 founding member (and Eminem's best friend) Proof died, Eminem stepped out of the spotlight to take time to himself and apparently nothing could get him to come out, not even $15 million dollars. In a new interview with DJ Whoo Kid, 50 Cent said "You could barely get him out the house! I mean you can't get him out the house for money."

50 was talking about a possible movie he wanted to do with Eminem. "I flew down there, I had 15 million for him. I flew down there with a script called 'Con Rail,' and I had everybody on deck, they was ready to him 15 million dollars to do the movie. And we was gonna shoot it in Detroit so he could still drop Hailey off and pick her up. That n---- still didn't want to come outside!"
Source: RapBasement

Saturday, October 3

50 Cent Says Eminem Doesn't Like "Forever"

In a new interview, Shady Records artist and G-Unit general 50 Cent told Angie Martinez that he feels Eminem is not happy with the new "Forever" track which also features Drake, Kanye West and Lil Wayne. "I don’t think Em knew everyone was going to be on the record," 50 Cent said. "Initially I think he just did a verse with it. He mixed his records and then they remixed it. I don’t think he’s happy with that at all."

In related news, although he was featured on "Forever" with Eminem, Lil Wayne recently talked about how much he wants to do a collaboration with the Detroit rapper.
Source: RapBasement

Nick Cannon Says He Doesn't Respect Eminem 'As A Man'

Nick Cannon may sport tailored suits as the host of "America's Got Talent," but the prime-time entertainer isn't a made-for-TV drone, especially when it comes to defending his wife, Mariah Carey, from Eminem.

In the new issue of In Touch Weekly, Cannon takes a hard-line stance against the Relapse rapper.

Em and MC have been tossing barbs at each other for a couple years now. The words turned more hurtful this year, however, when Carey's "Obsessed" seemingly mocked Slim Shady, and the rapper responded with "The Warning," a scathing freestyle threat targeting the singer.

"Oh gee, is that supposed to be me in the video with the goatee?/ Wow, Mariah, didn't expect ya to go balls out/ B----, shut the f--- up before I put all those phone calls out/ You made to my house/ When you was wild 'n' out/ Before Nick, when you was on my di--," Eminem rapped on the track.

Cannon and Em have exchanged both taunts and apologies, as well, but it seems like Mr. Mariah isn't keen on letting up this time. Not until he and Eminem have a talk, according to Cannon. In the tabloid interview, Cannon even boasts that the rapper should be thankful the two haven't bumped into each other yet — a far cry from the biblical tweets Cannon previously wrote when responding to Em.

"[Eminem is] lucky I haven't run into him yet," Cannon warned, his toughest challenge to Em so far. "I'm supposed to protect my woman if someone can be so heinous and disrespectful. Until we speak, I don't respect him as a man. He and I need to have an old-school sit-down."
Source: MTV