Eminem sat down for an in-depth interview with Sway to discuss a myriad of topics. For the first part of the interview, Eminem discusses the making of his latest project, Kamikaze. For part two, Em addresses his beef with both Joe Budden and Machine Gun Kelly plus why Slaughterhouse is on hiatus.
On why he chose to diss Joe Budden, Eminem admits that he’s not close friends with the former Slaughterhouse member but essentially felt betrayed on the hard criticism by Budden on Revival. “Me and Joe Budden aren’t, you know, we’re not friends like that. We didn’t go to the same fucking high school. You know what I’m saying? I get that part,” Em explains. “But when I’m out here, flying around to different places and doing interviews and trying to use my platform to pump up Slaughterhouse every chance I get, and you’re using your platform to try to trash me.”
He continues, “It was a tap, but it was also saying that his alleged domestic abuse things or whatever, which I’m not going to get into,” He adds, “but I feel like the reason I had to do that is because, like I said, there’s a fine line between saying, ‘You know what? This guy’s been really cool with me, so I’m not going to go in on ‘Untouchable’ like that.’”
Later on in the interview, Eminem touched on MGK and “Rap Devil,” the rebuttal to Shady from the Cleveland native. The hip-hop vet said he didn’t diss MGK for mentioning Eminem’s daughter. “You know you go down a fucking wormhole of YouTube? So I see, ‘Machine Gun Kelly talks about Eminem’s daughter.’ So I’m like, ‘What the fuck?’ Then he starts doing a press run about Hailie,” he remembers. “I’m like, ‘What the fuck?’ Yo, my man better chill. So, that’s not why I dissed him. The reason I dissed him is actually a lot more petty than that.”
It looks as if Em will respond to Kelly with a new record. “Now I’m in this fuckin’ weird thing, because I’m like, ‘I gotta answer this motherfucker.’ And every time I do that, it makes that person — as irrelevant as people say I am in hip-hop — I make them bigger by getting into this thing, where I’m like, ‘I want to destroy him.’ But I also don’t want to make him bigger,” Em explains. “Because now you’re a fucking enemy. I’ll leave it at that. I’m not sure exactly what I’m going to do at this point right now.”
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