They’re both considered legends in their respective fields so why not?
That’s probably what some people thought after hearing that rapper Eminem and filmmaker Spike Lee were working on a new video together.
Based on an Instagram photo posted by the 41-year-old M.C., Lee came to Detroit to shoot the video, but no word yet on when it will be released. “Spike came to the D for the Headlights video,” wrote Em. “Coming soon.”
The 8 Mile rapper has been on a musical tear in recent years, especially after defeating his addiction to prescription pills. And he’s done a great job of keeping current in a sea of new rappers that approach hip-hop differently these days, because when Eminem came onto the scene, having strong lyrical content was still ultra important, but not so much anymore.
Right now, it seems more important to look the part of a successful rapper rather than trying to hone one’s skills, which clearly has to do with the importance of videos and social media in Rap today. Of course, looking cool, street savvy, and financially well-off have always been a part of hip-hop–but just a part–it wasn’t everything. These days, working on your image seems to come before anything else, including making good music, which is incredibly unfortunate.
In an interview with radio station Power 106, Eminem spoke about being out of the music industry during the years of 2006 and 2008, and says during that time he wasn’t sure if he could compete with folks like Kanye West and Lil Wayne.
He even thought about attacking both rappers lyrically, just to get his competitive juices flowing again, but he decided against it.
“When I made the record Talkin 2 Myself what I was basically talking about [was] the time period I was away,” Eminem explained. “I was kind of watching what was going on in the game and it was like anything that was hot at that moment or anybody who was really killing sh-t at that moment, I felt like so bad about myself and the music that I was creating, that I felt like I started to turn into a hater.”
“And it wasn’t just, you know, singling Kanye and Wayne out at that time period. I mean they were the one’s who were killing it the most to me, and it hurt. I’d pop the CD in and be like, ‘F–k man, I’m not doing this no more.'”
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