Quotes by and about Eminem
(Continued from his main entry on the site.)
Eminem: "It'd be stupid for me [to] say that there aren't kids who look up to me, but my responsibility is not to them. I'm not a babysitter."
Eminem: "I don't know if any other rapper is going, 'Yo, we need a .1 dB up on that high hat' - that's, like, the least amount of decibels you can go. Most people probably would not even hear a dB. But I'm sitting there: 'No, it's gotta have the exact right relationship with the snare and vocals.' That's where I get carried away. Someone's gotta literally come pry the fucking album from my fingers, because I'm still tweaking. And probably no one hears the difference."
Eminem: "If I feel I've pushed myself to the furthest extent that I can, then it's done. But ... nothing ever sounds as good as it does in my head. So when I say a rhyme or whatever, you should hear it in my head!"
Eminem: "I don't know if I ever feel totally great about a record when I put it out. With every record that I put out, someone has literally got to come pry it from me because when I listen to my own music, I just hear flaws in it."
[Interviewer: "There's a lot of intense self-examination and self-criticism on this
album ... What led you along that path?"]
Eminem: "Look, I know what people say and how they feel about some of the language I use, topics I rap about and stuff I present. Sometimes I'd rather just say something about myself that I already know you are thinking and get the jump on you."
Eminem: "I don't think I've ever read poetry, ever. I'm not really book-smart."
Eminem: "I stopped watching TV because of 'The Wire.' Like, 'The Wire' ruined everything for me because I don't even want to watch anything else now."
Eminem: "Music was always the outlet for me to get through whatever I was going through at the time. ... It's always been therapy for me. ... This is how I'm feeling right now."
Eminem: "I can go back and listen to each song off of each record and remember ... exactly how I was feeling."