In the latest installment in his multi-part interview series with Sway, Eminem discussed his disses against Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt on the Kamikaze track “Fall.” “Tyler create nothin’, I see why you called yourself a f****t, bitch,” he rapped on the song. In the interview, Eminem expressed regret for using the homophobic slur in the song.
“I think the word that I called him on that song was one of the things where I felt like this might be too far,” he said. “Because in my quest to hurt him, I realize that I was hurting a lot of other people by saying it. … It was one of the things that I kept going back to and going ‘I don’t feel right with this.’” Watch the interview below with the conversation about Tyler beginning at the 9:30 mark.
He also opened up about why he dissed Tyler, revealing that he took issue with Tyler and Earl’s comments about him in interviews and on social media. He specifically cited Tyler’s tweets about Shady XV and Earl saying “if you still follow Eminem, you drink way too much Mountain Dew.” “I was like, really? What the fuck,” Eminem said. “You guys were just on tour with us, we hung out, we kicked it, made jokes.” Eminem said his “breaking point” came when Tyler criticized his Beyoncé collaboration “Walk on Water.”
During the 15-minute interview, Shady sounds off on Donald Trump and shares his support for Colin Kaepernick following his contentious Nike ad.
At the end of “The Ringer,” Eminem says that the President of the United States called the Secret Service on him. “‘Cause Agent Orange just sent the Secret Service / To meet in person to see if I really think of hurtin’ him,” he raps.
According to Em, the Secret Service did actually show up at his place. “They came to my studio and they were just basically asking me questions about my lyrics to see what the intent was behind them and if I was making an actual threat or just expressing myself,” he said.
Kaepernick’s Nike ad has been a source of controversy, which baffles Em. “It’s infuriating. Like really? Nike supports people who kneel for the anthem. At this fucking point, come on. Seriously? You gotta be a fucking moron to think that’s just what it’s about and it’s that fucking cut and dry. There’s a meaning behind this shit and there’s real pain behind this shit. And you’re burning a fucking pair of shoes? When you go about your fucking day and you got your job and you’re thinking of all this other shit, that’s what really fucking bothers you?”
He continued, “People ain’t gonna stop watching football. They’re just not. Football, to me, is the best sport there is. What draws you to the game should not be–if that’s how you feel about your country and you feel like you should stand for the anthem, stand for the anthem. That’s fine. But you also need to realize that this is America and people have died for these rights to be able to protest and to be able to take a knee. Stop making it fucking personal about yourself. You have nothing to do with this.”