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HIP-HOP/R&B, MUSIC

Eminem: ‘I’m in this game to press buttons’

November 6, 2013

The Rap God is back – and possibly better than ever. With the release of The Marshall Mathers LP 2 yesterday it looks like Eminem is on his way to reclaiming his seat at the top of the charts. It’s been thirteen years since the original – The Marshall Mathers LP –  hit the scene, but time means nothing when you still have the uncanny ability to spit tracks like fire.

To discuss his recent release, Eminem visited the SiriusXM studios for his very own SiriusXM Town Hall. Long time friend and Shade 45 host Sway Calloway moderated the event, with the iconic rapper answering questions directly from fans in-studio – talking about everything from his inspirations, to social media in this day and age, to high school history classes.

Diving right into what motivates him the most, Em explained that the music itself is what drives him. His ultimate goal is simply to be the best rapper he can possibly be.

“This album, and I feel like at this point where I’m at, that’s all I wanna do is, just rap… it’s really not that deep, just rap,” he said.

Next on topic: do rappers and social media mix? Turns out that in the case of Eminem, he tries to steer clear of external critiques as much as possible. The recent  winner of the Youtube Artist of the Year award admitted he does try to keep his finger on the pulse of what’s going on, but with moderation.

“I can’t pay attention to what everyone is saying… I would never be able to make music, I don’t think, if I just got caught up in that,” Eminem said.

One of the highlights of the Town Hall was possibly when a high school teacher surprisingly admitted to using some of Eminem’s songs as a point of reference in his history classes.  So what does Em think about the younger generation’s perception of his sometimes graphic lyrics?

“I’m in this game to press buttons and spark conversation and to get a reaction out of people,” he said.

If you missed Em’s Town Hall, you can still hear rebroadcasts on Shade 45, Ch. 45, or check it out on your own time On Demand,