Bass, who wrote the guitar riff for Eminem’s Lose Yourself, testifies in the High Court in Wellington about the development of the song with co-writer Luis Resto, who replaced some of the guitar elements with keyboards in order to remove some of the rock feel of the song without losing the hip hop tone.
I picked up a guitar and started playing that opening guitar chord. At that time, I didn’t know if it was a song or not. It took [Eminem] a number of months to author the perfect lyrics that were just right for the beat…It really developed in a little studio we had set up in his trailer [when he was filming 8 Mile].
He denies the chords sound like Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir and says that while he’d heard the chords played before, he’d never heard them in that particular rhythm– by putting an accent on the third beat he says it was as if he was playing guitar and drums at the same time.
The intention was to create a tense, hypnotic feeling. It starts playing, and never goes away. Along with that drum beat, it actually will hypnotize you, where you are feeling that something’s going to happen.
When asked about the National Party’s song:
It’s a blatant rip-off…[It sounds like] Lose Yourself Lite…It doesn’t taste so good, though.
A New Zealand court hears opening arguments in a copyright trial taken by Eminem’s music publishers against the National Party, the county’s largest political party. A judge and nine lawyers listen to Lose Yourself, the track that the publishers claim was used on a 2014 political ad without permission. The party has previously said it purchased the track through an Australian-based supplier and doesn’t believe it has infringed anyone’s copyright. Eminem’s lawyers tell the court that the National Party had wanted a song that was edgy and modern but showed the party was dependable, and quoted from National Party emails, which described the song as an Eminem “sound-alike,” and said:
I guess the question we’re asking, if everyone thinks it’s Eminem, and it’s listed as Eminem Esque, how can we be confident that Eminem doesn’t say we’re ripping him off?
Eminem’s lawyers say that the artist does not allow his music to be used for political purposes of any kind. The trial is expected to last six days.
In an over 2 1/2-hour dinner in Eminem’s Detroit hotel room, Farrakhan talks about the responsibilities that stars like Eminem have toward society to influence people positively. Spokesperson:
It was a beautiful discussion. Eminem was engaged. His manager (Paul Rosenberg) was engaged. It was a great time and experience…[Farrakhan talked to Eminem about] using his influence and using his power through rap music and hip-hop culture to influence people positively, so our children, our youth, can grow into more positive humans.
Eminem apologizes for his offensive lyrics in his new single Guts Over Fear, less than a week after a preview of his single Vegas, where he raps about raping Iggy Azalea, leaks. Guts Over Fear lyrics:
It just breaks my heart to look at all the pain I caused. The pain spawns all the anger on, but it wasn’t until I put the pain in song, learned who to aim it on, that I made a spark.
Azalea responds to lyrics in the song Vegas which apparently refer to raping her:
‘It’s especially awkward because my 14-year-old brother is the biggest Eminem fan and now the artist he admired says he wants to rape me. nice!
Iggy Azalea responds via Twitter to a leaked snippet of Eminem’s new song Vegas, which asks her to put away ‘the rape whistle’. Leaked lyrics:
Unless you’re Nicki/grab you by the wrist let’s ski/so what’s it gon be/put that s**t away Iggy/You don’t wanna blow that rape whistle on me.
Iggy Azalea’s Twitter response:
The artist releases his single featuring Sia, Guts Over Fear, from the album, Shady XV. Eminem wrote this song as the closing credits for the movie, The Equalizer.
Eminem accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on the last night of his and Rihanna’s Monster Tour. He nominates Rihanna, Denaun Porter, and producer Rick Rubin.
I knew this shit was coming, but—tonight?
Eminem accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and nominates Mr. Porter and Rihanna, both of whom accept the challenge on stage as well as Rick Rubin.
Eminem gives in depth interview with BBC Radio’s, Zane Lowe. In the interview Eminem tells about his career and personal life.
The artist releases his single, A** Like That, from the album, Encore.
Eminem releases the music video for Headlights on Mothers’ Day. The song is meant to be a tribute and apology to his mother Debbie Mathers.
Eminem is the first rapper to headline a show at Wembley Stadium, in London.
I heard that I wasn’t going to be approved to play in Hyde Park and it made me even more excited to play in London this summer. The easiest way to get me to do something is to tell me I can’t do it. Thanks to the Royal Parks for making it all possible for Wembley.
Rihanna and Eminem perform Monster at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards.
Rihanna performs The Monster, live at the MTV Video Music Awards, with Eminem.
Eminem announces Spike Lee as director for the music video for Headlights.
Detroit’s Finest EMINEM And Me Working Together On His Short a Film.Historic. Who Woulda Thunk It.
Eminem announces an eight-stop tour with Rihanna. The tour will stop at Lollapalooza, The Rose Bowl in California, Squamish Festival in Canada, MetLife Stadium in New York, Comerica Park.
Eminem and Elton John perform Stan during the 48th Annual Grammy Awards show to promote Eminem’s album The Marshall Mathers LP.
The artist releases his single featuring,Nate Ruess, Headlights, from the album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Eminem after being asked why he decides to apologize to his mother in the song:
What I said on that record is what I have to say about it and I put it out there and that’s pretty much all I’m gonna probably say about that,. Everything I needed to say and get off my chest I said it. So there’s no need for me to even elaborate on it. Headlights is a really personal song for him that he doesn’t want to say any more.
Eminem is a Grammy nominee for Best Rap Performance for Berzerk.
The artist releases his single, Like Toy Soldiers, from the album, Encore. The song is about feuds in the rap community. It is common practice for rappers to sling insults at each other in their songs, and this often leads to violence. Eminem compares the rappers to toy soldiers, who are being controlled by someone else, which in many cases is a record company that sells albums and profits from the controversy.
Eminem appears on the cover of the December 2013 issue of Rolling Stone magazine. He talks about how hip-hop saved his life and channeling the Beastie Boys.
I knew we were about to show the ‘Berzerk’ video, so I was doing what I call the Berzerk face. The whole song to me feels like vintage Beastie Boys. And you know the ‘Pass the Mic’ video where Ad-Rock is making that face, kind of not looking the camera? I was doing my own version.
Eminem releases the music video for the Rap God single from MMLP2 album.
Eminem performs Rap God and Berzerk live with Rihanna at the MTV Europe Music Awards.
The artist releases his single, Beserk, from the album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2. The song’s music video features cameo appearances from Rick Rubin, all four members of Slaughterhouse, Kendrick Lamar and Slim Shady’s fellow Detroit native Kid Rock.
Eminem performs at the first ever YouTube Music Awards. The live show is held in New York.
Eminem performs his single Berzerk on Saturday Night Live from his album Marshall Mathers LP2
Rihanna and Eminem collaborate on The Monster from Eminem’s album, Marshall Mathers LP 2.
Marshall Mathers LP 2, is not necessarily a sequel, as much as it is a revisitation. So there’s not gonna be, like, continuations of every old song on there or anything like that. To me, it’s more about the vibe, and it’s more about the nostalgia.
The artist releases his single, Rap God, from the album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2. The six minute long track finds Em spitting frenzied rhymes about reigning in Rap over DVLP’s Trap beat. He references and pokes fun at several celebrities, mentioning the kerfuffle between Fabolous and Ray-J, and also the Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky’s affair. He even gives a nod to the superhero Thor.
Eminem releases Survival from Marshall Mathers LP 2. The song was created for the game Call Of Duty: Ghost.
The song’s about fighting back and it seems like it fits Ghosts perfectly, I’m gonna be a big part of the Call of Duty game. My new song’s in it, got a video dropping for it soon too.
Eminem releases music video for Berzerk from the Marshall Mathers LP 2 album. Featured on the song are Kid Rock and Kendrick Lamar.
Eminem appears spaces out during Michigan vs. Notre Dame halftime promotion for his single Berzerk.
Live TV freaks me out
Eminem and Beats By Dre announce release date of his eighth album Marshall Mathers LP 2, in a commercial during the, MTV Video Music Awards.
Around 50 people were arrested at a Eminem concert at Slane Castle in Ireland. 80000 people attended. Minor drug offences and public indecent’s were among the offences. Police say that the number of arrests is normal for the size of the gathering.
The vast majority of fans heeded the advice given in advance of the event which ensured everyone had a safe and enjoyable experience.
Eminem chats about his rap flow, rap influences, respect from his peers, goals and the next generation of rappers.
My number one goal getting into hip hop would be just to get the respect from other MC’s.
Eminem performs I’m Back and The Real Slim Shady during the Brit Awards show to promote his album The Marshall Mathers LP.
Eminem executive produces Skylar Grey’s major-label debut album, Don’t Look Down.
When I was working on Recovery I was introduced to Skylar by Alex Da Kid and I was blown away with her talent as both a songwriter and vocalist. This album is really going to give her a chance to connect with the fans who probably know her music, but might not know her yet. I think they will be as impressed as I am.
Putting out a debut album is a bit scary I want it to be just right so I took some extra time to finish it. Eminem’s increased involvement has been such a blessing; I’m getting guidance from an artist I really admire and trust. Having written many new songs, the album has become a completely different animal, hence the title change. This new single with Em, in particular, is very exciting. We have worked on so many serious songs together it’s a nice change of pace to do something fun and sarcastic.
The rapper speaks on his past drug addiction, rehab, relapse and being introduced to the drug Ambien.
When I came out of rehab I was clean for three weeks total. I only stayed in rehab for two weeks because when I went to rehab it felt like everyone else was ready for me to go but I wasn’t ready myself.
Eminem speaks on respect, his childhood, his passion for metaphors and the English language.
I just felt like I want to have all these words at my disposal in my vocabulary at all times whenever I needed to pull them out.
Eminem chats about being back in the spotlight, early studio sessions, past drug addiction and sobriety.
The rest of the year I am going to focus on putting out Relapse 2 and go back and help Dre with whatever he needs for his record input or whatever and make sure 50’s album comes out right.
Eminem and Bruno Mars release a music video for their single Lighters.
Eminem chats about rapping over Tupac tracks and setting a standard in the music industry.
I got a bunch of Tupac acapella’s and went crazy with them. I banged out a bunch of tracks.
Eminem and Dr. Dre collaborate on the new single Die Hard from the Detox album.
The artist releases his single, Space Bound, from the album, Recovery. Producer and songwriter Jim Jonsin produced the track. Jonsin about the artist:
He was open to ideas. He was real respectful to my craft. He let me do what I do. He asked me ideas on some of the lyrics. We had ideas for lyric changes. Certain words may or may not work on radio. We talked about that. He had a setup outside of the room to do production, but I’d rather be in the room where he was at, and he was cool with that. And I knocked out a couple of joints in there while he was in there with me. He was pretty open and he let me do my thing. He did his thing. It was a pretty good experience.
Eminem wins Grammys for Best Rap Solo Performance for Not Afraid and Best Rap Album for Recovery.
This is crazy. I just want to thank everybody who helped me put the record together.
The artist releases his single, No Love, featuring Lil Wayne, from the album, Recovery. Eminem:
I did a song with Wayne called ‘Drop the World for his album and we had just agreed to do an even swap, so I wanted him on my album. I kind of waited, and when [producer] Just Blaze had finished that beat we jumped on it.
Eminem performs with Jay-Z at Yankee Stadium in New York. This show was the first show in their Home and Home tour.
Drake, Lil Wayne, and Eminem perform Forever at the Grammy Awards from Eminem’s album Relapse.
Eminem ft Jay-Z perform Renegade and Not Afraid during The Late Show with David Letterman to promote Jay-Z album The Blueprint.