Evidence, one half of the Step Brothers duo with longtime friend and collaborator Alchemist, recently spoke about a short-lived feud he once had with Eminem. In the interview, which was published by Complex, Evidence spoke about how that feud, which resulted in both rappers dissing each other, came to an end.
“It’s been so long,” Evidence says in the article. “Rest in peace to Proof. That ended six months after he passed. There was no beef. It was just all past stuff. I lived nine lives. That was number seven. [Laughs.] Proof came on our bus in Detroit. We all had drinks with Hex Murda and everybody at that time, and everything was squashed. Denaun [Mr. Porter] is a great human. I know the whole camp, from Paul Rosenberg on. I haven’t ever really got to chill with Eminem but if it did happen, I’d show respect.”
Another person who is part of Shady’s camp is Evidence’s Step Brothers running mate, Alchemist, who also acts as Eminem’s deejay. Although he works extensively with Eminem, Alchemist has yet to produce a track for the rapper. When asked about why this collaboration has not come to fruition, Alchemist explained his perspective on the matter.
“I would love to say that it’s somebody’s fault other than mine,” Alchemist said to Complex. “But I just haven’t come with the right beat. We go on the road, he’s always checking for me, but I think I just have to bring the right thing to the team. I think when the time is right, if I make something—it’s on me.”
During their Step Brothers interview with HipHopDX, which was published January 20, Evidence also spoke about having “nine lives” in his career.
“I’ve had a long career doing this shit,” Evidence said in the HipHopDX interview when asked about a lyric regarding “decoding” rhymes for fans. “I’ve lived nine lives doing it, and I’m older, but I don’t feel like that. As long as I don’t feel like that, I’ll keep going. But I’m not expecting to turn over a fucking rock and see a million people there who haven’t been riding with me. I can switch music up or go a different route if I choose to do that. But, the route I’m choosing to do, and the vision I’m choosing to fulfill is like, I know my people. I know who they are, and that’s who I’m riding out with. If more come, beautiful. If not, I’m not looking to please them.”
During the DX interview, Alchemist also spoke about how he met Rick Rubin through his work as Eminem’s deejay.
“It was pretty ill,” Al said of meeting Rubin. “I didn’t want to fan out, since it was me, Em, Paul and him when we did Saturday Night Live. But we were backstage, the room was real small, and it was just us for like a half an hour. I wound up in a room, and we ended up chopping it up. And I got the right introduction through Eminem and Paul like, ‘This is my deejay.’ I was like, ‘You’re the man.’ I didn’t want to say too much.”
Evidence and Alchemist released Lord Steppington as Step Brothers, an album which was released through Rhymesayers Entertainment. Lord Steppington features collaborations with Styles P and Action Bronson, among others. The Step Brothers’ debut album can be streamed through HipHopDX at the moment, via Rhymesayers’ Soundcloud page. The project received a 4 out of 5 X rating on HipHopDX.
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