"When I first got signed to Aftermath", said Eminem. When Dre walked in, it was like an out-of-body experience. "I wanted to be prepared for Dre because I thought, 'If I'm not ready for every aspect of this, this could be it for me'". And he just kept going "Nah, do it again". It's just hard when you've spent so much time on something, writing and recording, laying the vocals, getting the hook right, getting the beat right, making everything sound right-you spent a freaking week trying to make it sound ideal, and someone comes along and shoots it down.
In preparation for his ninth studio album, Em spoke with Elton John for Interview magazine about a range of topics, from Dr. Dre's lasting influence on his career and "The Storm" freestyle and his new album. "I mean, that's exactly what the people in the military and the people who have given their lives for this country have fought for - for everybody to have a voice and to protest injustices and speak out against s**t that's wrong". We're not trying to disrespect the military, we're not trying to disrespect the flag, we're not trying to disrespect our country.
"Black boy, black boy, we ain't gonna lie to you; Black boy, black boy, we don't like the sight of you", he raps from the perspective of who appears to be a white police officer at the start of the track.
"Throughout history, African-Americans have been treated like shit, and I admit there have been times where it's been embarrassing to be a white boy."We have a president who does not care about everybody in our country; he is not the president for all of us, he is the president for some of us. In hindsight, waiting was probably better because eventually we got Shady Records and were able to sign them to it.