Check out highlights from Eminem’s interview with Kxng Crooked

Remy Gelenidze

Eminem has recently set down with Kxng Crooked for a lengthy interview where he talked about many things. You can check all the highlights below.

On Kxng Crooked and Royce: 

“You and Royce, to me, make verses like…Even if you laid them first, they are untoppable. So it’s like, I can only hope for tie at best. When you did “My House” verse, that s**t was crazy. I feel like average listeners sometimes not understand that. Some people don’t catch syllables that rhyme. Those rhymes are the beauty of the craft of MCing.”

On Young Ma: 

“When she put out “OOOUUU” I was like, ‘yo she’s dope.’ I kinda started following little bit and then I started watching every video she put out. I was intrigued by her persona. She has that charisma. But she also had the bars. I listened her freestyles. How she was just calm, murdering that Flex freestyle. She barely even raised her voice. She was calmly killing it. And then I was like I wanna do something with her and I hit her up. I said to her I got that intro to the album and then I want you to be the first thing people hear after that and she went in.”

On Black Thought: 

“I had been wanting to do something with him and I just never found an album or the song that I felt it would be good to get him on. Denaun made the beat. Royce put the verse on it and then Q-Tip had a hook. Then I hit Royce and asked him if he could send him the track. His Funk Flex freestyle was like ‘oh my God.’ F**king crazy.”

On LL Cool J: 

“LL Cool J, one of my favorite rappers of all time, ever. When I made the Relapse album, he sat in a truck and we drove around and he listened to the whole album. Before we get into the truck I was trying to tell him what he mean to me. I was trying to tell him I’m a Stan of you. Just to sit there and be like 15-16 years old Marshall thinking that this could actually happen one day… F**K OUTTA HERE.”

On Tech N9ne:

“Rappers like Tech N9ne…He’s so f**king proficient. He crafts out every syllable. Every single one. Every f**king rhyme scheme it’s like you are hearing 20 different things that rhyme with each other in succession.”

On Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole and Joyner Lucas:

“It’s great to being able to watch Cole and Kendrick come up and seeing how great they were right off the bat. When I get a song with you and Royce, I can’t predict a flow patter. I can’t predict anything. It’s the same thing If I get on a track with Kendrick. I can never tell what the f**k he’s gonna do cause he’s such a chameleon of styles. He can f**king do pretty much everything. He’s so proficient. He’s so good at it and you don’t know what you gonna get. That to me is a top tier lyricist. Because you can get your a** kicked any day. As rap evolves, you gotta put Kendrick and Cole in the list of top rappers of all time and Joyner because those are guys who really care about the craft.”

Responding Lord Jamar: 

“I don’t know if I got the chance to say this yet but the funny s**t is.. with the beef with ‘certain person’, I’ve never said I was not guest in the house of Hip-Hop. I’m absolutely a guest. I never said I wasn’t. I never said I was king of anything. I had a song called “Kings Never Die” but it was not me saying that. It was one of the beats Khalil sent me with the hook on it and that was the concept of the song and I was like ‘I can’t say I’m king of Hip-Hop. So I threw Run DMC and Jam Master Jay in there. I never wanted and I don’t want to be a f**king king of Hip-Hop. Who the f**k is the king of Hip-Hop? Like, is there a king of Hip-Hop? I don’t think so.”

On Rakim: 

“Think about the first time you heard Rakim. He’s always on people’s list. He’s also always on my list because to me greatness is not only how well you do something but if you were the first to do it. Rakim was the first person that I heard that started using inside rhyme schemes and coming back at the end and hitting it. He did something that had not even been thought of yet and he single-handedly pushed the genre forward to be more complex lyrically and then he birthed f**kin Kane and G Rap.”

On Treach:

“I don’t see Treach in lots of people’s greatest lists and that infuriating to me because I think that like Rakim did something that never been done, Kane did something, G Rap did something that never been done, Treach was one of them too. I think what happened with Treach, one of the common things that is said is, he did OPP, he did Hip-Hop Hooray but he was still rhyming his a** off on those songs. There was a time period probably between 91′ to 95′ where damn near every rapper in the game was following him and was trying to do what he was doing. Dressing like him. Moving like him and he was getting of f**king songs and smoking everybody. When I heard “Yoke the Joker” my f**king heart sank. My heart sank cause I was like I’m never gonna be this good. I might as well quit. I didn’t write any rhyme for the entire summer and Proof was like ‘yo man he’s good but you gotta keep going'”

On “Cleanin’ Out My Closet” beat: 

“I was thinking the other day, “Cleanin’ Out My Closet” beat was actually a beat I was making for Bizarre and then I don’t remember what happened but I ended up taking the beat. Cause sometimes if someone’s there as I’m making a beat and they start wanting to write to it, I usually give it to them and I don’t remember what happened with “Cleanin’ Out My Closet” but it ended up in my album.” 

On Juice WRLD: 

“Shout out to Juice man. That kid was so talented. His freestyle that he did with Westwood where he rapped for hour I was like ‘man what the f**k.’ He might have been mixing a little bit of written in there but but the way he was freestyling that’s the s**t that we used to try to do at the Hip-Hop Shop. To be so young, he like, mastered freestyling technique so f**king quickly. It’s really sad that like his potential was so off the charts. 

About his favorite songs from MTBMB

“Every single one of them. Naah, I’m kidding. When you are making album sometimes you got ideas already. Sometimes I feel like I don’t want to have a message in this one. I just wanna go as hard lyrically as I can. And then sometimes I’m on a certain mood like if there’s something I’m passionate about, I might get an idea to do a song about it. Like a “Darkness” song. Sometimes I just want to have fan with my songs. Sometimes I just want to make a song that might not be about anything but for those who can respect how hard I push the pen and some people are like ‘oh so you can rap that many? you can say that many words that fast? you are not saying anything’ what the f**k you want me to say. I got s**t for the line “Your booty is heavy duty like diarrhea” and they were like ‘ohhh man that s**t’s trash.” Man, I’m just being stupid. Sometimes a punchline is supposed to be a stupid. It’s not supposed to make you “ohhh s**ttt.” Your booty is a heavy duty. It’s a f**king stupid line. Sometimes I throw them in there and just laugh.” 

On Redman: 

“Redman pushed the boundaries. When he made “Muddy Waters” he just pulled ahead of everybody.  It’s so classic to me. Because not only was he rapping so good, he was making good songs. It was cool to want to be a Redman. Redman was f**king cool and still is.”

On Kobe Bryant

“I was absolutely a Kobe fan. I mean, who was not? It makes me sick to my stomach to even try to grasp what happened. Nine people man…” 

Watch the full interview below:

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