Eminem Talks ‘Stan 2,’ ‘MMLP 2′ & Working With Rick Rubin in Zane Lowe Interview (Part 1)
After breaking the ice by deadpanning a urine joke, Eminem got down to business for his highly-anticipated interview with BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe. The hip-hop great spoke about what went into making 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2' and it's opener, 'Bad Guy,' which is the spiritual sequel to the critically-lauded 'Stan.'
Even though the character Stan dies in the original song, Eminem says that people were inquiring about if he would make a 'Stan 2' during the 'Recovery' sessions. "All I kept thinking was, well Stan's dead," Eminem explains. "He died in the story, so in the back of the mind I kind of had an idea of who could be left in the story. But I had to get the right beat." 'Bad Guy' continues the story with Stan's little brother.
As for the creation of 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2,' Eminem says it reflects his mind state during the recording of the album, like all of his previous works. The difference here is the tone is a bit of a throwback to 13 years ago, when the original 'Marshall Mathers LP' dropped.
"Some of the themes and topics and things like that are revisited on this album, but at the same time, I feel like it's a 2013 version," he states.
Eminem also revealed that he was nervous about working with Rick Rubin, who's the same man who produced the Beastie Boys' 'Licensed to Ill' -- an album that changed hip-hop, according to the Detroit native. Marshall Mathers says Rubin's laid-back nature helped ease the working process.
Lastly, Eminem performed the Billboard-charting 'Berzerk' with a live band. There will be more of Eminem's Zane Lowe interview to follow as the week progresses.
Watch Eminem Perform 'Berzerk'