Eminem Defends Former Lyrics Against "Recovery"

In an interview with The New York Times, a reporter challenges Eminem's new messages against Slim Shady's.

Published Monday June 14, The New York Times asked Eminem about his June 21 release Recovery. The Detroit superstar's latest album is led by empowering messages, heard in the Boi-1da-produced "Not Afraid" . However, writer Deborah Solomon wanted to asked Em how this theme stacked against his Slim Shady alter-ego, which endorsed drug use and misogyny.

"There was so much stuff like that off [Relapse] that I felt like I was starting to run it into the ground. I think consciously I went in a different direction with this record," explained Eminem, noting that "Slim Shady" still exists.

On the subject of misogynistic lyrics within Eminem's catalog, the rapper noted, "Anything I’ve ever said, I certainly was feeling at the time. But I think I’ve calmed down a bit. My overall look on things is a lot more mature than it used to be." Further pressed about his previous gay-bashing or homophobic lyrics, Eminem said that at 37 years old, he considers himself tolerant.

Read the full New York Times Eminem interview here.

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