Eminem accepts his award for Best Rap Solo Performance for "Not Afraid" at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 13, 2011. (Photo : REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)
There's no question that fans around the world are anxiously awaiting the release of Eminem's new album, scheduled to drop sometime this year. However, even high-profile rappers like Kanye West may be eager to hear Em's new tunes.
Gawker has allegedly found exclusive audio of Kanye expressing his admiration for the Detroit rap star that was secretly recorded on the night of the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. In the audio, which was supposedly recorded after West left Radio City Music Hall in New York City, the GOOD Music label owner can also be heard ranting about Taylor Swift, Pink and Drake.
Although it has not been confirmed that the voice in the leaked recording is indeed the "I Am A God" singer, Gawker points out that "it sure as hell sounds like him," adding that "It's not just the tone and timbre of his voice that's convincing, but the content of his rant, the loose connections he draws as if they are utterly obvious."
In the audio, Yeezy gives an erratic justification for why he infamously interrupted Taylor Swift during her acceptance speech at the 2009 VMA's earlier that night. He starts off stating that Eminem's verse on one of Drake's songs (probably "Forever") inspired him to rewrite his lyrics, which were also featured on the song. He then explains that because he puts so much effort in his craft, Swift "cannot beat Beyonce."
"When I heard Eminem's verse on the Drake s--t, I went back and rewrote my shit for two days. I canceled appointments to rewrite! I f-----g care! You know what I'm saying? And that's what I'm saying. Because I did that, Taylor Swift cannot win over Beyoncé!"
He goes on to bash Pink, noting that MTV asked her to perform two songs at the award show, instead of asking him to perform "Heartless," which he describes as "the biggest song of the year."
Later on, the music producer goes on to describe how excited and happy he was when he learned that Eminem won a VMA which was for Best Hip-Hop Video.
We wonder how exited Ye will be to hear Slim Shady's new LP once it drops later this year. But, the bigger question is, will Shady's 2013 outsell West's "Yeezus" album?
Here's the transcript from Kanye's leaked rant in its entirety, via Gawker. You can also take a listen to it here.
I'd rather just let the [inaudible] speak for itself. You know, it's like, I was happy to be in a situation where people couldn't say, oh, I was trying to promote my own song. For the times that I've, like, defended myself... [Tape break] I'm pushing the envelope! I wrote my f----g 'Run This Town' verse for a f----g month! When I heard Eminem's verse on the Drake s--t, I went back and rewrote my s--t for two days. I canceled appointments to rewrite! I f-----g care! You know what I'm saying? And that's what I'm saying. Because I did that, Taylor Swift cannot win over Beyoncé! Because I wrote my verse in two days, Taylor Swift cannot beat Beyoncé. As long as I'm alive! And if I'm alive, kill me then! Kill me then! As long as I'm alive, you gon' have to deal with it. 'Cause there ain't gonna be no more motherf-----g Elvises with no James Browns.
[A female voice asks, "Why are you so angry? What's the anger?"] Because my mother got arrested for the f-----g sit-ins. My mother died for this fame shit! I moved to f-----g Hollywood chasing this s--. My mother died because of this s--t. F--k MTV.
It ain't no love. What the fuck was Pink performing? Don't nobody know that song. Pink performed twice! Two songs? How the f--k Pink perform two songs and I didn't even get asked to perform "Heartless." "Heartless" is the biggest song of the year! It had the most spins of the first quarter! I don't know that Pink song! But I noticed that she's pink! They put me in a f-----g room and [inaudible - maybe "projected it"].
[A male voice asks, "How the f--k did Eminem get the Best Hip-Hop song in 2008?"] Eminem won Best Video! Rap Video! Yo, when he wont that s--t, I was so happy. I was so happy I [unclear - "ran all this s--t," maybe]. I said, "N---a, I'm gon' do this until y'all put a bullet in my head. I'm runnin' up to y'all, put a..." [tape cuts].