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Friday, October 15, 2010

Eminem opens up in “60 Minutes” interview


Eminem appeared on CBS news program “60 Minutes” last night to be interviewed by Anderson Cooper. The rapper discussed his writing process, his drug overdose and how people perceive him. He also talked about growing up and how much he was bullied as a child—a topic that seems especially relevant these days.
“I was beat up in the bathrooms, in the hallways, shoved in the lockers—for the most part for being the new kid,” Eminem said during the interview. “Hip hop has always been braggin’ and boasting and ‘I’m better than you at this’ and ‘I’m better than you at that.’ And I finally found something that yeah, this kid over here may have more chicks or better clothes, but he can’t do this like me. I started to feel like, ‘Maybe Marshall is getting a little respect.’”

Eminem spoke specifically to the issue of race and how him being white has affected his rap career. “I felt like I was being attacked,” he said. “I was being singled out. I felt like, ‘Is it because of the color of my skin? Is it because of that that you’re paying more attention?’ There are certain rappers that do and say the same things that I’m saying and I don’t hear no one say anything about that. I didn’t just invent saying offensive things.”
Despite his use of arguably offensive language in his lyrics, the rapper says he just wants everyone to get along. He said, “I don’t have any problem with nobody, you know.”

You can watch the entire interview below: