Eminem chats with Elton John about a variety of topics.
In preparation for the release of his upcoming album Revival, Eminem has been in the public more than usual. Known as a private individual who shies away from the media spotlight, the legendary rapper has nevertheless come together with longtime friend and performer Elton John for a lengthy interview that was published in Interview magazine. Touching on many topics, Eminem admitted off the top that the process of putting Revival together has been a long and painstaking one.
Speaking with Sir Elton over the phone, Em said, "You know how it is—you make songs, and as you make the new ones, the old ones get old and you throw them out. The album is called Revival. It’s a reflection of where I’m at right now, but also I feel like what I tried to do was diversify. I’ve tried to make a little something for everyone." Elsewhere, Slim Shady detailed how he changed after getting sober, something that John had to go through nearly 30 years ago.
"Getting clean made me grow up," he said. "I feel like all the years that I was using, I wasn’t growing as a person." There's more than a hint of trying to grow and expand his artistic horizons on Revival, which also comes at a time when the United States feels more divided than ever.
Never one to dodge a political line of questioning, Eminem addresses Trump's conduct since he's been sworn in as President directly. "As long as he’s got his base, he does not give a f**k about anybody else in America," the rapper claimed. "But guess what? There’s more of us than there are of them. I still feel like America is the greatest country to live in. This is my opinion. But we have issues that we need to work on and we need to do better."
Check out the full version of the interview here.