Eminem and Elton John have maintained a good friendship for years which was highlighted by their iconic ‘Stan’ performance at the 2001 GRAMMY awards. Now that Eminem is about to release a new album, Revival on December 15, Interview magazine got Elton to interview the rap superstar about the new project, his thoughts on Donald Trump, the current artists he likes and much more.
During the chat, Em revealed that he’s been sober for 9 years now. “Getting clean made me grow up. I feel like all the years that I was using, I wasn’t growing as a person,” said the rapper. When Elton asked who all he listens to currently, Em said “J. Cole. Travis Scott. Kendrick is great. My friend Royce da 5’9″ is incredible. Joyner Lucas is really good. Tech N9ne, too.”
The two got political as well. Eminem shared his thoughts on Donald Trump, saying “he’s not the president for all of us.”
JOHN: It needed to be said. I’ve been coming to America since 1970, and it’s like my second home, but I’ve never felt such a divided country, ever. I didn’t think it would get to this point, and it breaks my heart.
EMINEM: It was about having the right to stand up to oppression. I mean, that’s exactly what the people in the military and the people who have given their lives for this country have fought for—for everybody to have a voice and to protest injustices and speak out against shit that’s wrong. We’re not trying to disrespect the military, we’re not trying to disrespect the flag, we’re not trying to disrespect our country. But shit is going on that we want to make you aware of. We have a president who does not care about everybody in our country; he is not the president for all of us, he is the president for some of us. He knows what he’s doing.
JOHN: Everything that he does is deliberate.
EMINEM: As long as he’s got his base, he does not give a fuck about anybody else in America. But guess what? There’s more of us than there are of them. I still feel like America is the greatest country to live in. This is my opinion. But we have issues that we need to work on and we need to do better.
Read the full interview here.