Eminem Waxes on Rick Rubin, ‘Rap God’ and ‘MMLP2′ in New Zane Lowe Interview
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After blowing up the Billboard charts with his new album, MMLP2, Detroit rapper Eminem has sat down with BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe for an interview where he discusses a wide range of topics centered around the full-length, including landing legendary producer Rick Rubin.
“I’m super excited to be here. I was trying to figure out how I was gonna top the publicity of yours and Kanye’s interview,” he deadpanned in reference to Lowe’s widely-discussed recent chat with the controversial Yeezus rapper. “So I decided I was gonna walk in here and just pee on the floor and leave, adding that “I’m peeing right now” after a dramatic pause.
Lowe opens the first of four segments by referencing Eminem’s recent performance of the song “Rap God” during the 2013 Youtube Music Awards, where he blazed through the lyrically dense track with a live band.
“I think performing has gotten a lot different. It’s gotten better with the band because there’s just more elements to it,” the “Berzerk” rapper reported. “Being that it’s a live show, there’s more places you can go with it. It’s really cool, it’s different. It’s better.”
After joking that he freestyled the tongue-twisting tune “off the dome” and either missing of sidestepping Lowe’s tongue-in-cheek joke that the song is “ridiculous, because it makes no sense whatsoever,” the two went on to discuss how the rapper chose to make the new album a sequel to his heralded The Marshall Mathers LP from 2000, Eminem talked about feeling nervous at the aspect of working with Rick Rubin on the project.
“I’ve always been a fan of Rick. My manager Paul (Rosenberg) had been talking to him, and Rick had expressed that he had interest in working with me,” he said. “When Paul brought it to my attention I was super excited, just honored at the fact that he was even thinking about it.
“I had my reservations just because I felt like I’d probably be…I’m a super fan of Rick, so I’d probably be a little nervous,” he continued. “I don’t know what the vibe would be because I would be wanting to impress him. It was very much like the feeling that I got early on with Dre,” he elaborated, referencing his relationship with superstar producer/headphone entrepreneur Dr. Dre. “The guy’s just so laid back it made it easy.”
Making the most of his name at the BBC studios in Britain, Eminem and his band also plugged in for a live performance of the single “Berzerk,” which can be seen below.