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 and nominates Mr. Porter and Rihanna, both of whom accept the challenge on stage as well as Rick Rubin.
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?
The artist releases his single, A** Like That, from the album, Encore.
Rihanna performs The Monster, live at the MTV Video Music Awards, with Eminem.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
The rapper speaks about his influences, doing more movies and changing his direction toward writing.
I love music so much this is my passion, this is what I want to do. Not saying that I won’t do a movie ever again but this is me.
The artist releases his single, Love The Way You Lie, featuring Rihanna, from the album, Recovery. Rihanna:
They reached out to us directly and they just said, ‘We have this song and we just think Rihanna would be perfect to sing it, And, of course, I was like, ‘OK, if I love it, I’ll definitely do it, because I love Eminem.’ And I love the song. It’s really beautiful, and it really stands out. It’s a really unique record. I’m really excited about it.
The artist releases his single, Not Afraid, from the album, Recovery. The single was produced by Toronto beat-maker, Boi-1da.
Eminem wins the Grammy for Best Rap Album for Relapse.
50 Cent, Dr. Dre, and Eminem wins the Grammy for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group for Crack A Bottle.
The artist releases his single, Beautiful, from the album, Relapse.
One of the only reasons that I put that track on there is that I feel like it’s the best song out of that batch that I did when I wasn’t sober. At the time I felt like, ‘This is it for me.’ I wrote the first verse and a half in rehab, and when I came out, I finished it. It was the only song that marks that period without bringing me back to that place. Every other track not only didn’t fit with the album, but when I listened to it, it would bring up bad memories.
The artist releases his single, 3 a.m., from the album, Relapse.
In that song I relapse in a rehab facility or something like it. I just black out and f–king kill everybody. I was trying to create a triple entendre with the [album] title: relapsing literally, going back to the old days – just blacking the f–k out and killing everyone. I wanted to paint a picture for the listener, to make them feel like they are in the story and part of it as each line progresses.
The artist releases his single, We Made You, from the album, Relapse. The song was produced by Dr. Dre. He and 50 Cent make cameo appearances in the music video.
Eminem performs Lose Your Self during the Grammy Awards show to promote the 8 Mile sound track.
Eminem performs Lose Yourself at the Grammy Awards from the 8 mile soundtrack.
The artist releases his single, You Don’t Know, featuring 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, and Cashis, from the album, Eminem Presents:The Re-Up.
The artist releases his single, Shake That, featuring Nate Dogg, from the album, Curtain Call: The Hits.
The artist releases his single, When I’m Gone, from the album, Curtain Call: The Hits. This song is about how the artist feels that he has to take a break from his music eventually because he’s afraid of losing his daughter Hailie, and he wants to have a normal life with his daughter and wife. He’s tells his fans not to be sad that he is going to go, and that he’s always thinking of them and his family.
The artist releases his single, Mockingbird, from the album, Encore.
The artist releases his single Just Lose It, from the album, Encore.
The controversial video pokes fun at Michael Jackson, which upset him. Jackson complained about the video, and although Eminem wouldn’t apologize, a few networks (like B.E.T.) refused to play it at his request.
Eminem wins the Grammy for Best Male Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Song for Lose Yourself.
Eminem wins the Grammy for Best Rap Album for The Eminem Show, and Best Short Form Music Video for Without Me.
Thank you, cause I learn from all of you.