Eminem Says Pharoahe Monch Is Ahead Of His Time

Eminem hopes he can help others overcome addiction, says his drug addiction helped him grow as a person.

The ability to freestyle ones rhymes for a particular record while in the studio has been adopted by the likes of Jay Z and Lil Wayne, but according to Detroit rapper Eminem, he would much rather write his rhymes. Em’s studio protocol was one of numerous topics discussed during the Motor City lyricist’s appearance on Sirius XM Town Hall with Sway Calloway this week.

“Yeah, I mean I’ve done it where [I] kinda make it up as I go along,” said Em. “And it just don’t usually come out right. Like I need time to think my shit through. Make sure that’s what I want to say. You know, especially if you’re putting it out. So, I’ve recorded like that, but I don’t think anything or at least much has come out like that. I’m sure there’s maybe one or two things, but normally I like to write.”

Eminem Says His Life Experiences Do Influence His Music

Later in the interview, the rapper spoke on his The Marshall Mathers LP 2 record, “Headlights.” On the song, Eminem touches on his troubled relationship with his mother Debbie Mathers and offers an apology to Mathers. While speaking with Sway, Em revealed that everything he wanted to address in regards to his mom is on “Headlights” and he likely won’t speak on the topic outside of that particular song.

Shortly after speaking on his mother and “Headlights,” Eminem was asked if his life experiences have any influence on his music. The rapper replied with a “definitely” before touching on his bout with addiction and desire to help others who have found themselves in a situation he once fought himself out of.

“Yeah, definitely. Definitely,” said the rapper. “Life is about what you go through. And I guess I’m able to take certain things that have happened or happen or whatever and be able to put it in words and talk about it. Music has always been therapeutic for me. You know what I’m saying? But just going through certain things in my life. Like the addiction thing was one of them things that I think helped me grow as a person like just mentally. And realizing certain things maybe. Anybody who’s ever been in that place I know that it feels so hopeless, you know what I’m saying? When you’re there. But it’s a bitch, man, to walk to that other side. But once you get there—my thing is knowing that it can be done now. So, maybe hopefully I can help some other people who may be going through a similar thing get through that and just know that you can do it.”

Eminem Discusses Top Rapper Lists

Eminem even gave his opinion on the much-discussed “top rapper” lists as he commented on every rapper’s desire to be the best and the inability to ever decipher who the best rapper is since there are so many varied opinions in music.

“I mean, it depends on whose conversation,” said Eminem, when asked how he feels about his inclusion on the various “top rapper” lists. “And whoever’s conversation, like if I’m in it, then I’m honored. If I’m not, then it just is what it is. The thing about music is everyone has a different opinion. Nobody’s gonna have the same opinion. So, your top five, your top 10 may be completely different than mine…I think that everybody who competitively raps, which is probably most rappers, wants to be that. So, if you don’t then why are you rapping? If you don’t at least try to be the best that you can be. And everybody’s got that dream, man, to be the best. Whether you are or not it’s impossible because it’s just a matter of opinion.”

Eminem Gives Props To Pharoahe Monch

Although Eminem didn’t seem too concerned with where he stands on the various “top rapper” lists, he did give props to fellow emcee Pharoahe Monch and his addition to the Organized Konfusion track, “Bring It On.”

“Yo, that rhyme right now would kill most rappers 99.99 percent,” said Em. “I must be that one little, tiny—nah. Nah, no seriously, Pharoahe Monch is incredible, man. And he has been ahead of his time since he came out.”

Eminem’s interview with Sway comes on the heels of the release of his latest studio album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Released on November 5, The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is currently set to sell between 700,000 and 750,000 units in its first week.

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65 Comments

  • SamONbeatz

    Em knows how to spit the true rapper out #PharoaheMonch...would be dope if atleast they did a collabo joint don't you think?

  • Tony TNT Williams

    meant to say way past his time

  • Tony TNT Williams

    pharoahe monch been way past him as well as black thought.they don't get the credit they deserve,but they will smoke 99.9 of rappers today.but i will say skyzoo and elzhi represent real hip hop.kendrick ain't who people are checking for like that.he's good but real hip hop heads ain't feeling him like that

  • Anonymous

    "Because he runs a business and is in a business where having them on tracks sells. Granted it would be dope to see that collab but that's just not what sells and at the end of the day he's trying to sell records. Maybe 10% of the people that listen to Pharoahe would cop the single.." ^ if everybody just "did what sells" there would be no such thing as SMALL BUSINESS, INDEPENDENT, SPECIALTY, CHOICE, FREE ENTERPRISE, INNOVATION Eminem's career of hits are NOT WHAT SELLS.....Eminem's EXISTENCE in HipHop goes against the very grain of what YOu said You're nothing but a programmed consumer so S T F U about BUSINESS

  • Anonymous

    "Kendrick Lamar is who you're looking for" In fairness, he could be the next Nas, but he has to sell alot more than he currently is.

    • Anonymous

      i still don't think he's on the level of nas. there's a lot of great cats he might touch, but i don't think he's on that level.

    • Anonymous

      why does he have to sell more? clowns like you look at stats and finances for validation but music lovers want musical content to relate to

  • Debra L. Boyle

    upto I looked at the paycheck which was of $7027, I didnt believe that...my... friend was like actually bringing in money in their spare time on their computer.. there uncles cousin started doing this 4 only 18 months and recently repayed the loans on there cottage and got a great new Maserati. Source>>> FB39(Dot)COM

  • Anonymous

    this was em's chance to shout out tech n9ne, but this just proves it, em has been dodging him for years doesn't want to get killed on a track

    • Anonymous

      As much flack as I give Tech Nine, an Eminem collabo where they brought their A Games along with the right beat, would be good.

  • Anonymous

    my dad in law knows monch personally

  • son of a sax

    It takes P Monch FOREVER, to drop anything!!! But when he does...its worth the wait

  • Anonymous

    Pharoahe Fuckin Monch, one of the greatest!

  • Anonymous

    Do like you did to Ace's Style or Treach's-borrow Monch's

  • Anonymous

    WELL UM WHY DIDNT EMINEM PUT HIM ON THE ALBUM INSTEAD OF SKYLAR GREY AND RHIANNA?

    • Anonymous

      Good question but you know Eminem is sorta like Nas...they will say this person is too dope and influenced them but they never put 'em on their albums Guess they don't wanna lose the title of being best Eminem should feature both a Masta Ace and Pharoah on his albums

  • Anonymous

    Pharoahe monch > eminem All day everyday. That eminem ft buckshot - don't front joint is dope. Too bad about the album

  • sxxx4

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oai1V7kaFBk

  • So Icy Boi!

    i am back to say Tha Carter IV sold 900k+ first week. Eminem is white and just 700k? C4 outsold both Recovery and MMPL2. swag #blackpower

  • sxxx4

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6W1tG-m4NSU

  • sxxx4

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sq14JocSAs

  • Anonymous

    SLAUGHTERHOUSE USED TO BE G THEY BBBLE GUM GARBAGE NOW

  • Anonymous

    RAP NEEDS A NEW GOD MC A NEW RAKIM A NEW NAS SOMEONE WITH ESSENCE 99.9% DONT KNOW SHIT BOUT THE INDUSTRY

    • insanemacbeth

      "RAP NEEDS A NEW GOD MC A NEW RAKIM A NEW NAS SOMEONE WITH ESSENCE" i agree 100%. i rate EM highly, but some of his subject matter/ imagery (like that 2 horns/ devil press picture for "M.M.L.P.2", i just cannot get with. LAMAR's nice, but he's not on that GOD EMCEE level, though.

    • aria

      king Kendrick komptom that's not how you spell Kompton retard it's Compton bitch

    • COCA

      KENDRICK IS NICE, BUT NOT ON THAT LEVEL.

    • whalesonnen

      Rap doesn't need a new "GOD MC." It just needs DOPE emcees. J. Cole is dope. Kendrick is dope. Big KRIT is dope. If you're looking for a "god," then search no further than Eminem. Deny his ability all you want, "RAP GOD" tears apart Magna Carta, crucifies Yeezus, and disrupts King Kendrick's "Control."

    • KING KENDRICK KOMPTON

      KING KENDRICK!

    • Anonymous

      Kendrick Lamar is who you're looking for.

  • Anonymous

    SOUNDBOMBING 2 WITH RAWKUS RECORDS CHECK IT OUT

  • Anonymous

    WELL WHY DIDNT EMINEM PUT HIM ON THE ALBUM INSTEAD OF SKYLAR GREY AND RHIANNA?

    • The_Observer

      I hope his people read this, so they can feel how frustrating it is for us hip hop fans to always hear mainstream lyrical mc's like Em & Nas mention great mc's but never ever feature them instead do the opposite as Em would put pop artist on his album and Nas would go on to put Rick Ross on his album when his admires a Slick Rick or Rakim both Em and Nas need to summoned to Power 105 fm and have them grilled by Charlamagne the God as they never hold any punches back. Only the breakfast club can ask Nas or Eminem why they never feature great lyricist on their albums yet talk & give them heads up on every interview The people at Hot 97 are media puppets and treat guest with kid gloves

    • Anonymous

      I'd say you're right jamal, He is always with paul rosenberg its like that guy contol's him.

    • Jamal

      Why can't Eminem have true hip hop artist on his albums??, because if Eminem puts an artist like Pharoah Monch, or has a beat by producers like Dj Premier, a person with his power & influence in Hip Hop culture would bring true hip hop back to the forefront, and the powers that be don't want that. I truly believe Eminem's not able allowed, through contractual agreements to make the type of music he really wants to make. And it's sad, because he has a whole lot more to offer.

    • Anonymous

      Eminem has enough money for ten lifetimes, Make an album with hot beats and Mc's and be proud of bringing back real hip hop. Plus eminem could fart for 40 minutes and still sell a million records.

    • YoMomma

      Because he runs a business and is in a business where having them on tracks sells. Granted it would be dope to see that collab but that's just not what sells and at the end of the day he's trying to sell records. Maybe 10% of the people that listen to Pharoahe would cop the single...

    • Anonymous

      yeah that is kind of lame. he should do some free mixtapes with legit mc's, or even albums, it would sell no matter what

    • D-Block all day

      Co-Sign we all know Eminem loves hip hop so y the fuck don't he put out an album with just great mc's as features jadakiss nas scarface redman ghostface killah the album gonna sell no matter what put out an album for the real fans of this shit

  • Argot Simz

    https://soundcloud.com/milesoselim-1 Hip-Hop from the UK

  • @ Chris E

    Monch was my "wish" feature you remember? Like Em could have got Buckshot & Monch in that session, Monch is on Duck Down. Anyway, talking Hip Hop music with REAL Hip Hop fans>>>>>>> d mac

  • A-fukkin'-MEN

    Was thinking Em & Monch are the top-two skillswise just the other day... guess my thoughts are contagious...

  • Anonymous

    Lyrical aint nobody touching Pharoahe Monch Period NYC

  • About Damn Time

    I'm still waiting on a Pharoahe Monch / Andre 3000 collab. Talk about energy!!

  • hey guys..

    remember all those rappers plus monch that eminem featured on his album?.. wait your telling me they were all pop, country and blues singers?..oh shit sorry my fault.

  • Anonymous

    They should do a track together. Shit would be a lyrical manslaughter!

  • Anonymous

    Heard Pharoahe on the Slaughterhouse album and went to check out some of his stuff. If he released stuff more often he seriously could be one of the best of all time. WAR and Internal Affairs, and the stuff with Organized Konfusion is ill! Glad to see Em's giving him props.

  • Anonymous

    Kendrick is the only rapper Eminem would work with because every other one is high. He should of worked with drake to once again show people he doesn't hate gays.

  • Anonymous

    Pharoahe Monch is dope!

    • jamal

      Why can't Eminem have true hip hop artist on his albums??, because if Eminem puts an artist like Pharoah Monch, or has a beat by producers like Dj Premier, a person with his power & influence in Hip Hop culture would bring true hip hop back to the forefront, and the powers that be don't want that. I truly believe Eminem's not allowed, through contractual agreements to make the type of music he really wants to make. And it's sad, because he has a whole lot more to offer.

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