Eminem Details Almost Dissing Lil Wayne & Kanye West

Eminem explains the story behind his "Talkin' 2 Myself" lyrics and says, "I think that deep down I just wasn't happy with myself."

In an interview with Power 106’s Big Boy today (March 31), Eminem described wanting to dis Kanye West and Lil Wayne during his period of musical inactivity.

“When I made the record ‘Talkin’ 2 Myself,’ what I was basically talking about [was] with the time period that I was away," Eminem says. "I was kind of watching what was going on in the game and it was like anything that was hot at that moment or anybody who was really killing shit at that moment I felt like—I felt so bad about myself and the music that I was creating, that I felt like I started to turn into a hater. And it wasn’t just—you know, singling Kanye and Wayne out at that time period, I mean they were the one’s who were the killing it the most to me. And it hurt. I’d pop the CD in and be like, ‘Fuck man, I’m not doing this no more.’ I felt like I came very close to like, for me it would have been career suicide because I felt like, ‘I should make a song just dissing everybody who's doing in it the game right now.’”

“Talkin’ 2 Myself,” which appeared on Em’s 2010 album Recovery, references both Lil Wayne and Kanye West specifically. “Hatred was flowing through my veins, on the verge of going insane,” he raps, “I almost made a song dissing Lil Wayne.”

Asked if he ever wrote any explicit dis lyrics against the rappers, Em said he didn’t. “I just had the thoughts, just walking around the studio," he said. "I think that deep down I just wasn’t happy with myself, man. I knew that there were some really dark moments in there. When I think about how my thought process was when I was high a lot, it wasn’t good, man, and it certainly wasn’t me ‘cause I’m not even that kind of person.”

During the interview Eminem also answered a question about not feeling comfortable returning to music without the use of drugs. “That was another thing," he said. "It was like, 'Nah. I didn’t.' During that time period, I couldn’t see myself even being able to do anything sober: talk to people, have a conversation, go to the studio, record, watch movies. I couldn’t do anything without being high. It was to the point that I was taking pills just not to feel sick.”

Speaking on different hiatus periods throughout his career, Eminem talked about never stepping fully away from music despite not releasing new material.

"I never really left the business,” he said. “Actually, I am the type of person that does [have] to do music. This is my passion, this is what I’m so passionate about. I don’t know how long I”m gonna keep doing it for, I’ll take that as it comes. But I do need music...It’s my therapy. It just feels good to get it out.”

Talking about how he spent those non-release years, the rapper said he was often still in the studio. “It depends on what timeframe it was," he says. "I would say from Encore to Relapse I think everybody knows that story as far what I spent a lot of time doing. Basically just in the lab, spent a lot of time trying to reassess my career, what I wanna do, how I wanna sound I guess, and just, you know, in the lab.”

Seemingly referencing his years of substance abuse, Eminem also said “right now it feels good to me” before recalling, “there were times where it didn’t feel good to be me.”

Both segments of Eminem's interview with Big Boy are available below.

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116 Comments

  • 3Minem

    Well, more like a good idea. He did the right shit being distinctively different from someother rappers.

  • jordan

    Boi eminem cant fuck with any other rappers. Hr has his own style and the think it that nighas got bodies!! On me lol eminem did the right thing. Make that money big E

  • rfuf

    If Em would have dissed Wayne or anyone their careers would have been done. They're lucky he didn't do it

    • gnucca_pleeze

      as an em fan, i disagree. he's talking 2007-08, and everything he made in that time period that got released was terrible lyrically. have you heard "beautiful"? the lyrics are terrible. "marshall your so funny man, you should be a comedian god damn". wtf?

  • Anonymous

    He knows he can't be out here dissing black rappers cause niggas like y'all will start talking nonsense "Look... Eminem is a white supremacist. He's a culture vulture who hates black people. See this proves it" LMAO Eminem just gonna stay in his lane and get his money. I ain't even mad at him.

    • Will Doherty

      Did you not notice the quotes there, indicating it was a joke?

    • Bario

      "I dont know who you are but if you said that infront of me I'd kick you in the face with a Golf shoe BITCH." No, you wouldn't. You would keep your mouth shut and then go online later and make threats, fucking keyboard warrior faggot.

    • U dumb fuck

      you're the dumbest fuck I've ever heard of. "White Spremacist" ?? The fuck you smoking??? First of all no one disses EM because they know that's suicide for their careers. He is the GOAT. Lyrical Legend and pretty much ALL his friends are Black. I dont know who you are but if you said that infront of me I'd kick you in the face with a Golf shoe BITCH. Stay in ur lane pussy.

  • maafakin

    f you all, im on this site for years and years, and you fucktards are still arguing on if em is better than wayne and such. get over it. you know wayne is a mumblin junkie, and other rappers you defend are mostly some sizzurp sippin f'd up cats. f yall

  • optimum

    wouldnt have been caeer suicide, cause em would have killed them

  • Eric

    Eminem should have buried these dudes

  • Droidhop Radio

    Glad he did not do it. Sometimes I wish hiphop was organized more like a sports, where top MC's battle without catching feelings. You know, shake hands at the end of the game.... But I'm dreaming.

  • Anonymous

    eminem with a brain freeze in this picture. in this day in age, eminem's old and new albums all sound fuckin lame. If I ever pulled up next to someone blasting Eminem with their windows down, I'd spit at their dumbass

  • Derrick

    weezy wud destroy em in a rap battle and wayne got better music

    • eric

      lil wayne is ok but cant beat Eminem ,all lil wayne dose is repeat him self if you know anything about music , sense 2010 everything of his has been the same ,Em spit better....

    • jiggy

      stop are you hearing yourself... eminem got famous because he started off battle rappin there is not one person on planet earth fuckin with em

  • Anonymous

    Actually he would have ended Kanye's and Wayne's careers, if he did diss them. He could end Tupac, Biggie and Jay Z. Reason being is because he is the great white hype.

  • Anonymous

    Rakim rhetorical question...:"name 5 rappers better than eminem" -Rakims own words Fukdahaters

  • Anonymous

    THIS NEWS IS LIKE 2YERS OLD.COMMON HHDX!!!? KEEP UP WILL YA

  • AR

    Can't diss pop stars when you yourself are one... He realized he would have looked like a hypocrite.

  • j dirty

    shoulda dissed all these fake ass rappers and put the rap game back in its rightful place,But instead he kissed there asses.Now hip hop sucks worse than ever these days..The slim shady from 2000 woulda destroyed all of em

  • ShanMAN

    Lil Wayne saved hip hop? Rick Ross is the greatest rapper ever? This truly is April Fools' Day. Eminem is the reincarnation of Geoffrey fucking Chaucer. Regardless of the album the man's lyrical mastery is above all others. Not to mention he holds himself FAR more honorably and humbly than either Kanye or Wayne, who are the ambassadors of Vanity and Arrogance, respectively. That being said, Em needs to rip both of them a cosmos of new ones, just on principle. Then again, I could put Kanye and his simplistic "lyrics" in their place. Just saying.

  • Anonymous

    fuck you rozay O'Donnell,really? rick ross is greatest rappper ever? you stupid as fuck

    • don't block my comment because I speak truth

      let's be real clear here that's the comment moderator, the only one with the power to keep the name switching/trolling going I just wish they would get another way to pad the comments. that troll sh-t is wack, get some respect back and leave that little kid lunchroom talk alone because truth is the adults leave for that simple reason

    • ^

      Nothing you say are facts, Ross stan. It's all lies you made up.

    • Rozay O'Donnell

      I'm only stating the cold, hard facts. Ross has 6 number one albums under his belt, 6 classic albums, a Rolling Stone advice article, multiple Wing Stop franchises spread across the US, and owns a successful label. And I should know this because I am Ross' personal assistant, right hand man, ghostwriter, and closest confidante.

  • Anonymous

    My nigga Kanyeezy would kill EM

  • Rozay O'Donnell

    Fuck M&M's candy ass. Nobody gives a fuck about some pill popping white boy from a trailer park in Detroit. Hands down, Rick Ross is the greatest rapper alive. And when he's dead and gone, 100 years from now, he'll be remembered as greatest rapper in history. People will forget that fuck boy Tupac Shakur. He didn't do shit for the culture except prance around in a ballet tutu and shoot off his big, stupid mouth like the brainless idiot that he was.

    • ^

      Yes, you are a troll and everything you say are lies.

    • Rozay O'Donnell

      First of all, I am not a troll, and secondly, I am only stating the cold, hard facts. Ross has 6 number one albums under his belt, 6 classic albums, an advice column in Rolling Stone magazine, multiple Wing Stop franchises spread across the US, and owns a successful label. And I should know this because I am Ross' personal assistant, right hand man, ghostwriter, and closest confidante.

    • Anonymous

      u tryin to hard bruh ur trolling is obvious.

  • Anonymous

    4 or 5 years old interview. Shame on you.

  • Anonymous

    Lil Wayne saved hip hop, face it, haters.

  • Encored

    I prefer Relapse over Recovery

  • Anonymous

    Yeah if these homo rappers could they would get at em, but since they cannot at all it make them not competitive about it. Rap game putting me to sleep ZZZZzzZZZzzZZz......

  • HIPHOPDX

    April Fools DICKHEADS!!!

  • One

    Look like hiphopdx is recycling articles from four years ago. Either way you put, I'm lost interest in Em. He has his own way but the last 2 albums he's put out; I haven't been feeling it at all. It almost like he's almost following a trend. Relapse in my opinion should have been named MMLP2.

  • X

    not gonna front I love this cat's music but that Talkin 2 Myself track and the whole record was weak as fuck

  • Saywhat

    50 Cent & Eminem are OVER.

  • Anonymous

    Lil' Wayne would rip Eminem. Yawl just don't want to admit it. At least Em knows.

  • ihmo

    needs to diss someone.. his hardest lyrics were when he was attacking. now its just all weird shit

  • Anonymous

    He has finale realised what has happend to hip hop

  • YMCMBoyyyyy

    Fuck this faggot and his gay looking, little chin. Weezy > Em Better album sales, better quality you know what im saying?

    • LOL

      How long have you people been using the internet for? And you still don't recognize a troll? Come on, just look at his name 'YMCMBoyyyyy' it's like the most obvious troll ever...

    • The Nation

      Fuck Em...Ja is the GOAT..PIL2 15 million sold

    • Anonymous

      quality of music is your opinion, but number of sales is factual. If you go by their last 2 releases MMLP2 has sold over 2 million albums in 6 months IANAHB2 has sold barely 500k in a little bit over a year total, eminem has sold over 45 Million Albums, Wayne has barely sold 15 not that 15 mill aint bad, but dont go talkin bout shit you onbiously have no idea bout

    • Anonymous

      Better album sales and quality? HA!!

    • Truth

      "Better Album sales" ??? is this a serious statement? if it is your a fuckin' Moron and your words hold no value.

  • YMCMBoyyyyy

    Em has been irrelevant for 15 years. Weezy will never be irrelevant.

  • Royal

    Hip-hop fans everywhere are crying with this news

  • Irfan

    LMAO, this is from 2010 ..

  • Anonymous

    yea I wish he would've destroyed kanye and wayne, it would've made my last 8 years better..lol

    • anonymous

      Kanyes last 8 years music was trash ? u didn't hear My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy fcktard ? eminem last 10 years music was pure trash compared to yeezys 8.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, because kanye's music, in the past 8 years has been terrible. You're a fucking idiot. Lil Wayne's music is trash though.

  • Anonymous

    HiphopDX need some clicks? This interview dates back from 2010. WTF

  • Anonymous

    Wtf? This interview is Old as FUck

  • 101

    nothing he talked about in this article is new. he's been saying the same fucking story for years, it almost feels as if he wrote his junkie problems down on a paper, memorized it and TADA here he is talking about the same old shit everyone knows about. why can't these fucking people just ask questions that aren't generic i'm fucking tired with these articles man DX better stop makong this shit ao i dont have to fucking bitch about it every fucking time. FUCK YOU EMINEM

  • Anonymous

    Fuck lil wayne lol he's straight trash, end of story.

  • Anonymous

    Washed up overrated old ass white boy fighting for more relevance. Go away please.

  • drake runs rap

    feminem is lucky he didnt because weezy has drake on his side. Drake woulda ended feminems carreer and exposed this washed up pop star. Eminem knows he cant fuck with drake. Drake bodied common,pusha,dmx and many more rappers and jay z bout to be on that list if he keeps running his mouth.

  • Anonymous

    "but 50 was the one unable to secure a major record deal up until that point" ^ TEETH-BOY GOT HIS QUOTE-MAN MASK ON We all know there was a bidding war, and that means many, not none were vying for those services, he went with the best possible deal, Shady, and it worked, big time they too pussy to have a real convo so they gotta use trick knowledge and deception to get responses

  • Anonymous

    "not jimmy and 50 didnt come to him for a deal. its well documented. you might go to hell just for hating fifty for no reason what so ever!" Eminem was already established. I'm sure he saw dollar signs, but 50 was the one unable to secure a major record deal up until that point. Why pretend Eminem needed Curtis when it was obviously the other way around?

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  • Anonymous

    The greatest after Pac

  • Anonymous

    pac the greatest. shooting movies going to prison in and out of court. has the most content with highest qaulity in that short of a span. is the most well rounded and the most known around the world. he died at 25 when emeinem came out he was over 25. i like mmlp eminem show and recovery because of the content. im into content. and i like eminem sense of humor. but no one fucking with pac! no one! as far as just rhyming flipping styles and word play em is one of the greats.a dn when he gets personal he is one of the greats. defintely the greatest when it comes to being hella funny still while rhyming hella dope. but over all its pac. because this is poetry and its music. thats what hip hop is.

  • Anon.

    So was mmlp2 definitely his last album hes putting out?

    • Anonymous

      ^^ Da fuck you talking about? Eminem said plenty of times that people need to stop asking that question and people will know when he officialy retires. He doesn't know, we don't know when he's going to stop. Stop spreading bullshit imbecile.

    • Anonymous

      yup.. he has mentioned it plenty of times.

  • Anonymous

    JAY BALFOUR FUCKUNG SUCKS

  • DKC

    OLD ass news lol but i would love to see em absolutely ruin kanye. kanye and his cocky fashion shit hes one of them up there with the most average fuckin rhymers. Em dissed and joked at his little whore kim a few times and kanye ant say shit

    • drpoopman

      I've never really been a fan of Kanyes personality. Now Eminem would destroy him lyrically. I agree and even technically with his flow. But Kanyes lyricism isn't what got him this far. It's his production man. As much as I don't like him. His production is some of the most innovative Hip-Hop has ever seen.

  • DAMN

    DAMN WHY DIDN'T HE DO DISS THEM NIGGAS, HE WOULD'VE ENDED THEIR CAREERS IN A FLASH :(

  • Anonymous

    i swear i've heard this interview before

  • Anonymous

    Eminem was at his highest whenever he was face 2 face with 50. He couldn't stand that conceited child, yet cause Jimmy told him to fake it for the label's sake, he did and now tells 60 Minutes it was the worst years of his life.

    • Anonymous

      too bad eminem is the one who sought out 50. not jimmy and 50 didnt come to him for a deal. its well documented. you might go to hell just for hating fifty for no reason what so ever!

  • Anonymous

    The most overrated and successful mc in the history of rap is dissatisfied. Even if he chose to battle a nigga, that nigga dead through fanbase support instantly

  • kakata

    Greatest of all time yall know it too

    • Anonymous

      na girl@ Kane, Treach, Master Ace-those two he stole his styles from-, Grand Puba, Plug 1, Plug 2, Lyte, Nas, Jay, Ra, Krs-One, et al.

    • @nah son

      Off skill alone? That could hang with em bar for bar? RA tha rugged man, Chino XL, Pharoah Monch, Tech n9ne,and most of they guys he has signed himself.

    • nah son

      Rakim is among the greats but hes not better than eminem. Rakim himself said in that interview a while back "if em were black he'd be the next muhammad ali man"... and (aggravated) "ok then; name me 5 rappers that are better than em" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I53vWm8dJGk

    • insanemacbeth

      RAKIM.

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