New Interview: Black Thought talks “Rap On Steroids” & “Yah Yah” songs with Eminem

Remy Gelenidze

In the newest episode of Crook’s Corner, Kxng Crooked set down with Black Though to talk about hip-hop, including the experience working with Eminem. Check out the conversation and video below:

“How ‘Yah Yah’ happened? That was all Royce. It’s been great to have Royce as the comrade. We just got different kind of mutual respect. High level respect from one another as artists. Anytime we get together it’s competitive but it’s competitive in a way that’s gonna bring out the best in artists. No matter if we are in studio, we are on a stage, we send us back and forth via text.”

“We have done a song together for one of Royce’s joint called “Rap On Steroids.” When it came out, I think the last, maybe bar and a half, he had Em say like two rods on that joint. And that had everybody on a hype like ‘yo, Em’s going to do a verse on remix of ‘Rap On Steroids’ remix and its gonna be Black Thought, Em and Royce,’ that was something that people were buzzing about but it never came to be.”

“Royce played more integral role in his most recent Em album. He was in the studio working with Em and it’s not like Em had never known what’s up, it’s not like I was never on his radar as an artist but he had never really really dealt with my evolution in the way he did during this recording process. I feel like that’s because Royce has shown the s**t. He was like ‘this is the joint he did with Statik Selektah, this is the joint he did with Benny The Butcher.’ He showed Em a bunch of features of mine and when Em seen them he was like ‘we gotta get him on a record.'”

“We all want to be on a record with Eminem. We all want to be on a record with Hov. These are the people who are on top of our field. That’s the type of exposure that you can’t buy that s**t. So this was a call like ‘yo it’s that time’ so you gotta get busy and that being said, I was not having my verse, I was not done, my time was up [Laughs]. But they were like its done we gotta mix that s**t, everything else done and I was like ‘alright I guess you can roll with it.’ But I was still trying to tweak it make it just as best as I could because I felt like these are whole different demographical people who aren’t familiar with me but they familiar with Eminem and that’s gonna be the introduction to what it is that I do.”

Watch the interview below:

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