Eminem elaborates on his lines from "Talkin' 2 Myself" in which he raps about almost dissing Lil Wayne and Kanye West.
On "Talkin' 2 Myself" from Recovery, Eminem spoke of a time when he almost took aim at Lil Wayne and Kanye West on record. Speaking to Big Boy in an interview with Power 106, Em went into more detail about those feelings at the time.
“When I made the record ‘Talkin’ 2 Myself,’ what I was basically talking about [was] with the time period that I was away," he said. "I was kind of watching what was going on in the game and it was like anything that was hot at that moment or anybody who was really killing shit at that moment I felt like—I felt so bad about myself and the music that I was creating, that I felt like I started to turn into a hater."
The Detroit rapper insisted that it wasn't as much about Wayne and 'Ye as indiviuals, just that they happened to be the biggest rappers at that particular time. "It wasn’t just—you know, singling Kanye and Wayne out at that time period, I mean they were the one’s who were the killing it the most to me," he said. And it hurt. I’d pop the CD in and be like, ‘Fuck man, I’m not doing this no more.’ I felt like I came very close to like, for me it would have been career suicide because I felt like, ‘I should make a song just dissing everybody who's doing in it the game right now.’”
While he strongly considered directing a verse at the rappers, nothing actually made it on wax. "I just had the thoughts, just walking around the studio," he said. "I think that deep down I just wasn’t happy with myself, man. I knew that there were some really dark moments in there. When I think about how my thought process was when I was high a lot, it wasn’t good, man, and it certainly wasn’t me ‘cause I’m not even that kind of person.”
Listen to the full interview below.