Eminem may be blunt in his music, but he isn’t always clear about who he is.
Even he admits, in a new interview with Vulture out on Tuesday, that he expresses very different versions of himself from song to song.
But in giving some answers not beholden to rhyme schemes or trying to be funny, the Rap God actually says some damn surprising things…
First off? He has been on Grindr!
See the whole exchange that led to the reveal (below):
Do you date?
It’s tough. Since my divorce I’ve had a few dates and nothing’s panned out in a way that I wanted to make it public. Dating’s just not where I’m at lately.
When you were dating, how’d you meet people? Tinder?
I mean, yeah.
Are you being serious?
[Laughs] And Grindr. I also used to go to strip clubs.
I think a lot of long-term relationships start in strip clubs.
What can I say? Going to strip clubs is how I was meeting some chicks. It was an interesting time for me.
Wait, can we go back to the part where Eminem was on Grindr??
Is this Em saying he’s bi? Or just talking about trying everything? (For the record some straight people do jump on Grindr from time to time. For some reason.)
In any case, Marshall seems to be getting honest on everything else. See what he has to say about more (below):
On His Feud With Donald Trump
“He makes my blood boil. I can’t even watch the news anymore because it makes me too stressed out. All jokes aside, all punch lines aside, I’m trying to get a message out there about him. I want our country to be great too, I want it to be the best it can be, but it’s not going to be that with him in charge. I remember when he was first sniffing around politics, I thought, We’ve tried everything else, why not him? Then ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ and I was watching it live ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ he had that speech where he said Mexico is sending us rapists and criminals. I got this feeling of what the fuck? From that point on, I knew it was going to be bad with him. What he’s doing putting people against each other is scary fucking shit. His election was such a disappointment to me about the state of the country.”
Em says he can’t wait for Trump to call him out on Twitter like he has with so many others:
“I’m not going to give any away now, but I’ve got lines ready if he says something about me. I get almost flustered thinking about him ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ that’s how angry he makes me. The people that support him are the people he cares about the least and they don’t even realize it. At what point do you ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ a working-class citizen, someone who’s trying to make shit better for you and your family ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ think this guy who’s never known struggle his entire fucking life, who avoided the military because of bone spurs, who says he’s a billionaire, is really looking out for you? He’s got people brainwashed…
He’s very good at smoke screens. He’s very good at flipping narratives. I just want people to think about things: What has he really done for you in the year since he’s been in office? The tax cut is not going to help the middle class. It’s going to help Donald Trump. That people don’t see that is so discouraging…
He’s made the racists come out. He’s made it acceptable for the white man to feel oppressed. I’m just calling bullshit bullshit: I actually don’t know if I can see why people who relate to me feel like they can relate to him. This is a guy who was born rich, who says he got a small loan from his father of a million dollars. Where I come from, a small loan is five fucking bucks.”
On Taylor Swift Not Speaking Out About Trump
“I don’t know anything about Taylor Swift’s situation. I can only speak for me, not her. I do feel like when you have a platform, it’s important to use your voice. You can loudly call bullshit on things that not everyone can. I don’t know if anyone has a responsibility to do that. That’s something they’d have to look inside themselves and figure out. That’s what I did, and I decided I needed to speak out.”
On Whether Collaborator Ed Sheeran Is The Type Of Pop Music He Used To Mock
“I don’t think so. He’s not a boy band, he’s an artist whose craft I respect. The reason that I went at pop stars back then is because people were calling me a pop rapper. What’s bugged out to me is that ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ I don’t know if everybody understands this ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ if everybody could do what I did, they’d just do it wouldn’t they? I’m not this manufactured pop thing and I never was. A way people used to dismiss me was to call me pop. I got mad about that, and I lashed out.”
See more of the wide-ranging interview HERE!
[Image via BET.]