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Eminem
His music would probably have had him locked up in a mental asylum a century ago – but what was considered crazy back then – is cool now. You have to admit - his lyrics are funny and anyone who has ever listened to an Eminem album - has to wonder if he isn't winking at us all, as he goes off about killing his wife, homosexuals or anyone who stands in his way for that matter! And that’s why we like Eminem so much - because even he doesn't take himself seriously. Like him or not, and we at The Record like him, you have to admit that this man has shaken up the music scene with his refreshing sound.

Back for an Encore:
And here we are – it’s 2004 - and Eminem has made the headlines yet again, this time for the controversial video for "Just Lose It" the first single off his fourth album, Encore. For the video for "Just Lose It" pokes fun at the King Of Pop Michael Jackson in every way possible –from Eminem's hair catches fire (as Jackson's did during an accident while filming a Pepsi commercial) to his nose later flying off and is booted and squashed on a dance floor - a not-so-subtle reference to Jackson's surgically tortured face. But what upset Jackson the most are scenes featuring Eminem, in Jackson garb, sitting on the edge of a bed as young boys bounce on the mattress behind him.

At one point in the song, Eminem raps, "Come on, little kiddie, on my lap." Facing child-molestation charges, Jackson clearly isn't in a mood to just laugh it off. There was a time when the "M" in MTV practically stood for Michael. For Michael Jackson was long a star before MTV debuted in 1981, and after Jackson released "Thriller" on MTV- it redefined pop history. Jackson recently demanded that all Music Channels remove Eminem’s "Just Lose It" video from being shown. MTV or Channel V have no intention of pulling the video.

In fact, the channels have been airing Eminem's video at least four to five times regularly during day. That's because Eminem is now what Jackson used to be - arguably the biggest pop star in the world. His new album –Encore- is one of the most hotly awaited releases of the year – and it doesn’t get any bigger than this. And as usual only one publication in India was given an all access pass into his world – courtesy a transcript from his music company Universal Music India. We managed to catch up with the most controversial musician in the world today – and this is what he had to say –

So what can we expect this time around on the new album?
Eminem - I get a kick out of head-tripping people "What's he gonna say next?"….. (Laughs) There’s an intense side to it…. when I’m really passionate about something…. and then there's a really playful side….I tried to set it up so you're not particularly sure of where I’m gonna go with it….(Laughs again)

The big news is that you’ve got Paris Hilton appearing in the new video “Just Lose It” – how did that come about?
Eminem - The song is about goin' to the club and losin' it, and you get so drunk you say the wrong thing. And we needed somebody to punch me, slap me and pull my hair. Our first candidate was Jessica Alba. We couldn't get Jessica, and Paris happened to be in town… (Laughs)

Cool. With early reports coming in that this could be the biggest album of your career yet….you must be in a good place at the moment?
Eminem - I gotta be honest with you…. this past year was probably the toughest year of my entire life. I'll just say this: I’ve dealt with the cards that have been thrown at me for the past…. I could say year…..but I could also say five years. You deal with every situation as it comes. But sometimes when it rains, it pours. And it seems like this year it poured….

Do you feel that “Encore” is more of a confessional piece of work….or just you getting the music out?
Eminem- Music is about emotion & capturing that emotion right then and there….while it's happening. I'm not going to say that I don't enjoy stirring up shit up once in awhile because I do need some drama in my life to write and that's where the best music comes from. I like to write something to let people laugh and to take people's minds off what’s going on in the world….or even to talk about what's going on in the world and take some type of humour in it. If you laugh at it, you're just as guilty as I am…It's just that I had the balls to say it….

How are things working out on a more personal level? You and your ex wife seem to be getting along in front of your daughter….
Eminem - Because we share parenthood….we have this mutual respect for each other where we don't down talk each other to Hailie to confuse her. Despite what people may think of me and what I say in my songs….you know me and Kim have had our moments….

It’s been awhile since you and your wife split up. Are you thinking of moving on and finding a new woman to settle down with?
Eminem - I've seen groupies on the road and women throwing themselves at you just because you're famous, and I hate that. I'm not going to say that I never took advantage of it. But did I take advantage a tenth of what I could have? No....it's takes you opinion of women and lowers it…


You can read the rest of our cover story on Eminem in the November 2004 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE:

Destiny's Child
Elton John
Sameera Reddy
Brian McFadden
Emma Bunton
Kunal Ganjawala
Laurent Garnier
Brainstorm
Alterbridge
Trickbaby
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