Eminem: 'I came close to writing a rap attacking everybody from Kanye West to Drake'

The 'Monster' rapper told Power 106 that he was jealous of anybody 'killing' it

Jess Denham
Friday 04 April 2014 11:00 BST
Eminem has spoken about his past desire to write a 'hater' track while he was struggling with drug abuse
Eminem has spoken about his past desire to write a 'hater' track while he was struggling with drug abuse (Getty Images)

Eminem has confessed to almost writing a song attacking rap world peers Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Drake for "killing" it.

In other words, the US rapper was jealous of his contemporaries' success while he was in a bleak mental place between his Encore and Relapse albums.

"For that time period when I was away, I was watching what was going on in the game. Anything that was hot at that moment, anybody that was really killing s***," the Real Slim Shady told Los Angeles radio station Power 106.

"I felt so bad about myself and the music that I was creating, I felt I was starting to turn into a hater.

"Singling Kanye and Wayne out at that time period, they were the ones killing it the most to me and it hurt. I'd pop a CD in and be like 'f*** man, I’m not doing this no more'."

The "Not Afraid" star told listeners that he considered creating a track "dissing everybody" but the hateful lyrics were never penned as he realised that doing so could be "career suicide".

"There were times that it didn't feel good to be me," he said, referring to his past struggles with drug abuse. "I think deep down I just wasn't happy with myself, man, you know?

"There were some really dark moments in there, when I think about my thought processes when I was a high a lot. It wasn't good and it certainly wasn't me. I'm not even that sort of person."

Join our commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in