Eminem Covers Rolling Stone & Calls Himself "Idiot Savant"
Eminem credits Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap, Tupac and Biggie as influences.
Eminem is slated to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone on the issue of the magazine set to be released Friday (November 22).
Eminem appears on the Rolling Stone cover wearing a plain white T-shirt under a black Adidas track jacket. The blonde emcee is posing with a boombox over one shoulder and his other hand pointing at the camera. The tagline for the cover reads "Eminem Reborn."
In the issue, Eminem speaks about his temperament of late and Hip Hop's impact on his life.
"I'm as happy as I can be, I guess," Eminem says in the interview. "Hip Hop saved my life, man. It's the only thing I've ever been even decent at. I don't know how to do anything else. I think they have a word for that — what do they call it? Idiot savant?"
Eminem also talks about his influences in Hip Hop.
"Being a student of Hip Hop in general, you take technical aspects from places," he says. "You may take a rhyme pattern or flow from Big Daddy Kane or Kool G Rap. But then you go to Tupac, and he made songs. His fucking songs felt like something. 'Holy shit! I want to fucking punch someone in the face when I put this CD in.' Biggie told stories. I wanted to do all that shit."
During a different interview with Rolling Stone published November 4, Eminem discussed criticism about his lyrics and his use of language associated with insulting people who are gay.
"I don't know how to say this without saying it how I've said it a million times," Eminem says in an interview with Rolling Stone. "But that word, those kind of words, when I came up battle-rappin' or whatever, I never really equated those words [to mean homosexual]...It was more like calling someone a bitch or a punk or asshole. So that word was just thrown around so freely back then. It goes back to that battle, back and forth in my head, of wanting to feel free to say what I want to say, and then [worrying about] what may or may not affect people."
Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 surpassed the platinum milestone in its second week. The album, which landed at #2 in this week's Billboard Top 200 chart, has sold approximately 1,003,000 units sold.
The Rolling Stone cover can be viewed below.