Joe Buddens Says Slim Shady “Seems Really Inspired” Eminem Freestyles on BET’s “Rap City”
To celebrate Eminem’s recently released album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, BET reinstated its groundbreaking series Rap City with Big Tiger for one night only. During the the special edition, entitled “Rap City Presents: Em 360,” the rapper gave a candid interview in which he discussed his future in rap.
“I want to rap until it’s not fun anymore,” he said. “When I do set the mic down, I feel like I wanna have something to do with the music, producing, whatever it is. I still wanna be involved.”
The closing segment of the show included a freestyle in The Breakroom alongside his rap crew, Slaughterhouse, which consists of Royce Da 5’9, Crooked I, Joe Budden and Joell Ortiz.
Similar to their cypher during the BET Hip-Hop Awards, Slaughterhouse and Slim Shady spit their best freestyles while Just Blaze provided the instrumental on the turntables. When it was Em’s turn, he went a capella and rapped, “Role model? I rode a model down a hill over broke bottles and Coke products.”
Joe Budden said that it’s good to see Slim Shady back in his element, in terms of providing real lyrical content in his music.
“I’m just glad that Em is really focused on rhyming. He just seems really inspired, he seems really dedicated, he’s been working extremely diligently and hard,” Joe says. “The hair is back blonde, you know, the album is named after a cult classic, my favorite Eminem album, the Marshall Mathers LP, so this is part two. Em definitely knows how to put together a strong body of work.”
Slaughterhouse is currently working on a new album, that will also showcase their lyrics.
“We’ve always prided ourselves on being lyricists, and on word play and just rhyming and, you know, all of the things the culture was built on for us, anyway,” he says.
Joe says their group gives fans a taste of was the genre was all about initially. “The generation and times are a little different now,” he says, drawing a contrast between Slaughterhouse and a younger generation of rappers. “Now, you don’t necessarily need to know how to rap to be a rapper.”
While the upcoming Slaughterhouse project won’t arrive until March 2014, fans can get their lyrical fix with Em’s Marshall Mathers LP 2, available in stores now.