Eminem reveals that he almost quit rap altogether before he got signed to Aftermath/Interscope Records.
Arguably one of the greatest rappers of all time, and statistically the number one selling rap artist of all time, even if Eminem were to quit rapping today he would leave a massive mark on hip hop. We know that won’t happen though since Em recently announced that he has started working on his next solo album, but there was time when Marshall Mathers nearly walked away from the rap game.
“The first time I rapped in front of actual people that mattered, in a club, I got booed. And it was very traumatic for me,” he said. “I just remember it being so fucking traumatic, and I think I went home and I was like, man, I quit. And you know a week later, a day later, an hour later I got the urge, and I was like, I gotta get up, I gotta do it again,” he told The List.
It’s hard to imagine a rap game without Eminem, and Em expresses that without rap he “wouldn’t have been able to do a f*cking thing.”
“I certainly feel like if it wasn’t for Rap, obviously, I wouldn’t be here, but it gave me my voice, it gave me my outlook, it gave me strength, you know what I came back from, overdose and a whole load of shit – without rap I wouldn’t be able to do a f*cking thing.”