Eminem is back with Part II of The Kamikaze Interview with Sway Calloway. Once again, the two Hip Hop aficionados dive into a bevy of topics, including the real reason Em dissed Machine Gun Kelly on “Not Alike” and his relationship with Joe Budden.
“Me and Joe Budden aren’t friends like that,” he starts. “We didn’t go the same fuckin’ high school or something, so I get that part. But, when I’m out here flying around to different places and doing interviews and trying to use my platform to pump up Slaughterhouse every chance I get and you’re using your platform to fuckin’ trash me and I’m one of the things that keep this ship movin’…
“You’ve got a voice in Hip Hop … you could be one of the reasons the ship is sinking. You don’t owe me nothing and I’ve never got in a fuckin’ interview and been like ‘Joe Budden’s shit is fuckin’ trash. That last album he put out is fuckin’ trash.’ So, that’s kind of the attitude I took to this whole album Kamikaze. Like, alright — how about I give everybody my opinion on them?”
From there, Em addresses what happened to Slaughterhouse and why he chose to diss Budden on “Fall” from Shady’s 10th studio album.
“I feel like the reason I had to do that is because, like I said, there’s a fine line between saying, ‘You know what this guy’s really been cool with me, he’s helped me out and tried to help out on many occasions, so I’m not going to go in on ‘Untouchable’ like that. I’m gonna say it ain’t for me, I’m not crazy about it — whatever.’
“But to be the ‘worst song you’ve ever heard in your life?’ Have you listened to your own shit? Do you not listen back? ‘Cause if that’s the worst song you’ve ever heard in your life, I don’t know.”
Finally, Sway asks about Machine Gun Kelly and what was going on behind the scenes. He reveals it had nothing do with a comment about his daughter Hailie.
“The shit is just for the record,” he says. “The thing that was going on that he was saying about my daughter, I didn’t know about that until literally like a year-and-a-half later. It never hit my radar. Then, one day — you know you go down the wormhole on YouTube — I see, ‘Machine Gun Kelly talks about Eminem’s daughter.” I’m like, ‘What the fuck.’
“Then he starts doing a press run basically about Hailie. I’m like, ‘What the fuck. Yo, my man better chill.’ That’s not why I dissed him. The reason I dissed him is actually a lot more petty than that. The reason that I dissed him is … I could give a fuck about your career. You think I actually fuckin’ think about you? Do you know how many fuckin’ rappers that are better than you? You’re not even in the conversation.”
He continues, “Then when you get on Tech N9ne album’s and start sending shots … like shut the fuck up. Now, I’m in this fuckin’ weird thing ’cause I’m like, ‘I gotta answer this mother fucker.’ Every time I do that — as irrelevant as people think I am in Hip Hop — I make them bigger. So, I’m getting into this thing where I want to destroy him, but I also don’t want to make him bigger. Do you know what I’m saying? Because now, you’re a fuckin’ enemy. I’ll leave it at that. I’m not sure exactly what I’m going to at this point.”
When asked if he heard MGK’s “Rap Devil” diss track, he replies, “I heard it. It’s not bad — for him. He had some good lines in it.” However, he remains indecisive about how — or if — he’s going to respond.
“I’m gonna sit back and I’m gonna wait for a second,”he says. “If people start firing off and I try to answer every fucking body I dissed on Kamikaze, or had words about, I’ma be going the next five fucking years making diss song after diss song.”
In Part III, Em will talk about Dr. Dre and a song the N.W.A legend deaded for “going too far.”
Until that’s available, watch Part II above.