17. During a 2009 interview with a female Rolling Stone correspondent, Eminem
claimed his favourite snacks were "Smarties, and whatever you got for me,
18. The lyrics for a B-Side called "We As Americans" lead to an
American SS investigation. To quote: "Fuck money / I don't rap for dead presidents / I'd
rather see the president dead / It's never been said, but I set
precedents..." - sounds like them SS guys missed the wordplay.
19. The list of fellow-musicians that Eminem's pissed off by making fun of or
insulting includes: Michael Jackson (various mockeries), Xtina (claimed she
gave head to Fred Durst and Carson Daly), Limp Bizkit (because), and (early in
his career), an outfit named Insane Clown Posse (it's complicated). Recently, Sasha Baron Cohen got him back, when he - accidentally or not - ended up with his ass in Eminem's face at the MTV Movie Awards.
20. Marilyn Manson, who's releasing at the same time as Eminem releases Relapse (2009), was the subject of parody
in the Eminem Show track "My
Name Is", but Manson took the teasing well and the two remained friendly.
21. Marshall Mathers is not a fan of George W. Bush Jr. His 2004 video
"Mosh", released a week before the U.S. Presidential election, featured
the lyrics "fuck Bush" and "this weapon of mass destruction that
we call our president".
22. 2004's Encore, which made fun of
Michael Jacko's trial, bankruptcy and other misfortunes prompted standup
comedian Steve Harvey to declare that Eminem had "lost his ghetto
pass", and call for him to return it.
23. With the release of Curtain Call (a hits collection), Eminem fed rumours that he was
ending his career, before entering rehab for dependency on "sleep
medication". This was his second rehab - in 2002 he was treated for
alcoholism and drug dependency. 24. Relapse (2009) has already generated
two hits, "Crack a Bottle" and "We Made You".
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