Eminem on Writing vs. Not Writing

XXL just threw up some outtakes from Datwon’s interview with Marshall that didn’t make into the book. He speaks on Dre moving out to Detroit for a couple of months, why he doesn’t read blogs, his love of The Wire, and why he doesn’t floss.

Here he talks about how much better he feels that T.I. has been spitting since he started writing his rhymes down again, and explains why he can’t employ the Biggie/Jay technique of spitting from the head rather than writing rhymes down.

XXL: That’s wild because I was just talking to Paul [Rosenberg] about how T.I. seems to have caught this amazing fire when he had to stay home on house arrest. He was saying for like the last two albums he was freestyling like on the Jay thing, going in the booth line by line or whatever. T.I. said that you guys had grown kinda cool.

Eminem: Yeah, yeah, we definitely built a relationship over you know, just recording and hanging out and shit, just…T.I. reminds me of me in the sense that he’s just a regular dude. He’s just real, he’s real humble, real just chill…just you know what I mean? The way we vibed in the studio and just talked and kicked it, it was like, “wow! This dude is cool.” We just kinda became friends after that. But I watched him do that shit in the studio, and that’s right around the time I kinda started wanting to do it or was kinda doing it but I couldn’t do it as good as him. And from what I heard, I don’t know if this is correct or not, but Lil Wayne does it.

XXL: Oh Yeah.

Eminem: Yeah I’m not as good as those guys when I do that. Like I can’t…I gotta actually sit down. For me, I want to actually write a whole song, because if I start, if I get to the second verse and I get stuck, I don’t want to record it just for nothing you know? So I kinda gotta write a whole song out and know if it’s gonna be a song and then record it. But I watched T.I. do that and was like,  “How the fuck is he doing this?” Because it was intricate still you know what I mean like as he was going along like line by line. But when he actually got that time to write, you could definitely tell and I told him many times over the phone the way that he did this record was just, you know… you could tell, you could tell that he actually sat down and he crafted his rhymes. Like he’s got rhymes, he’s got lines that rhyme inside of rhymes and shit like that, which somebody like me can appreciate so much just because you know I do it. I try to do that. So like when you hear someone else do that, it’s like, you know how much time it takes to do it yourself so you can appreciate it, you know what I mean?

Everything’s ass backwards nowadays. Rappers are spitting their album cuts from the dome and then passing off writtens as “freestyles” when it should be the other way around. If you ask me, if anybody needs to leave that memorization shit alone, it’s Wayne. Carter III was alright, but imagine what it could have been if this guy wasn’t feeling himself so tough.

Previously: Eminem x Marvel Comics


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29 Responses to “Eminem on Writing vs. Not Writing”

  1. Big_seth Says:

    but imagine what it could have been if this guy wasn’t feeling himself so tough.
    ^^

    AYO eskay… AYO

  2. PW Says:

    no way b.
    ^^

    I swear it is. Not slow enough to gimme dial-up flashbacks but it’s slower than the average.

  3. R.J.Orion Says:

    whatever he did … whether he wrote, or didnt write Relapse … its very clear that it didnt work … he’s still rapidly falling off …

    but thats yall boy …

  4. Big Homie Says:

    *imagines if this guy wasn’t feeling himself so much*

  5. D_Block_4_Life aka heat the track up like adobo/sazon/sofrito Says:

    Paper Trail >>>

  6. Buck Marley XXX [Dot] com Says:

    or imagine what C3 would have been like if it wasnt for The Empire…

  7. streetz Says:

    Rap is becoming a freestyle contest for making albums. Some dudes can freestyle some can’t. Those who cant force themselves to so that they can say “i dont write i just spit”

    Thats like saying “I dont read labels when i cook I just make shit”. Thats why your food tastes like shit! (nhjic)

  8. Charles Oakley Says:

    crack > lil wayne

  9. kix Says:

    Yeah Eminem said it himself, “I’m not as good as those guys when it comes to not writing. I can’t.. I have to sit down and write it.”
    Referring to Wayne so maybe you all should stop the hate

  10. Big Homie Says:

    xxlmag.com/online/?p=46732

    ^ He will be getting it in this week

  11. DJ Ron Says:

    Rappers are spitting their album cuts from the dome and then passing off writtens as “freestyles” when it should be the other way around.

    ^^^^so true!!!

  12. Zev Says:

    Relapse is fucking dope. I don’t know what you guys are talking about.

  13. Mr. Papagiorgio Says:

    i got them diamonds on my neck, got patron in my cup. . . .

  14. Charles Oakley Says:

    Everything’s ass backwards nowadays. Rappers are spitting their album cuts from the dome and then passing off writtens as “freestyles” when it should be the other way around.
    ^
    Realest shit you ever wrote

  15. Mr. Papagiorgio Says:

    i blame jay-z for this shit.

  16. eskay Says:

    hold up, Land has love for Asher?

    *Twilight Zone music*

  17. 456 Says:

    I dunno about Em anymore.
    Check out http://www.sacredstitch.com for some of the freshest gear out.

  18. CiCi The Intern Says:

    I hate men!

    carry on…

  19. cOLD Says:

    i blame jay-z for this shit.

    ^ there is no room for a pen, when your in rare form. In fact it hinders the creation. But ask them same niggas who say they dont write, how many takes before they complete song.

  20. eskay Says:

    and anybody who thinks Em fell off is bugging. that kids bars are way past par.

  21. cOLD Says:

    that kids bars are way past par.

    ^ that could be a dope line…

  22. cOLD Says:

    CiCi The Intern Says:

    May 18th, 2009 at 1:51 pm
    I hate men!

    carry on…

    ^ I love women

    as you were

  23. eskay Says:

    >>there is no room for a pen, when your in rare form. In fact it hinders the creation. But ask them same niggas who say they dont write, how many takes before they complete song.

    Jay spit “Song Cry” in one take.

    all 3 verses.

    Gloria’s Warrior >

  24. Mr. Papagiorgio Says:

    that kids bars are way past par.

    ^ that could be a dope line…

    ^^

    lol, i was about to say “somebody sign this man!”

  25. Big_seth Says:

    The new em album is pretty dope. I am def glad it wasn’t another encore and it doesn’t contain any of the “gangsta” em that became pretty prevalent for a while (c) d12 world & the re-up.

    The goofy voice only annoys me on a couple of songs, but it aint that serious on most of them.

  26. BIG STRONG AKA Mr. Duck Ass Nigga Exposer Says:

    eskay Says:

    May 18th, 2009 at 1:53 pm
    >>there is no room for a pen, when your in rare form. In fact it hinders the creation. But ask them same niggas who say they dont write, how many takes before they complete song.

    Jay spit “Song Cry” in one take.

    all 3 verses.

    Gloria’s Warrior >
    ===================
    More GOAT Evidence

  27. BIG STRONG AKA Mr. Duck Ass Nigga Exposer Says:

    And if Buddens wants to battle so bad why don’t he go at Serius jones or somebody that battle Raps

  28. mel Says:

    Crime pays in stores now!

  29. Freshnessandabove Says:

    ^
    I bought crime pays and realized he ain’t put the jadq collabo on it and in some songs he went back to that purlw haze flow win kiddy words smh disappointing!!! I wish he had songs with vado on it

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