Eminem sat down with hip hop personality, Sway Calloway on Tuesday night (Sept. 11) to talk about his 10th studio album “Kamikaze” and why he chose to drop it without any warning.
“When you go into an album, you can go into anything with the mindset of, ‘This is gonna suck.’ I feel like giving them no warning was the best thing to do,” Em explains. “When the Revival tracklist came down the pipe, it was like overwhelmingly, ‘This shit is going to be trash.’ Nobody really wanted to be wrong about it. I’m not saying everybody, but a lot of people had already formed their opinion.”
He also touched on “Revival” and why he believes it got so much bad press.
“Me sitting back and seeing things like I saw, I felt a bunch of different ways,” he says. “I felt like, ‘OK, maybe because it doesn’t sound like everything else and what most people are doing, maybe that was what tainted their ear. I remember a time in Hip Hop where you had to be so different from the next person or you were trash. There’s a shift somewhere that happened if it doesn’t sound like everything else than it’s trash automatically.”
“Despite the negative reviews it got, Em remains proud of the album. “I’m good with Revival. Fuck it. Because I couldn’t have made this album without it. There is something, I’m not going to lie, there is something inside me that is a little more happy when I’m angry. As bad as it feels to be there, there’s a rush of it that I like because it inspires me to say something bad.”
The 12 minute conversion concludes with a preview of part 2, where the Detroit rapper speaks on Joe Budden’s comments and why he chose to diss Machine Gun Kelly.
Watch the full part 1 below.