It was awkward, it was light-hearted at times, it was full of compliments, and it was awkward some more. And it just happened on live TV as Eminem joined Brent Musberger & Kirk Herbstreit at halftime in his home state of Michigan for an interview and world premiere of the "Berzerk" video teaser.
This was a fun Twitter moment if you just happened to watch it. If not, press play above and see some odd, and vintage Eminem.
Shouts Deadspin on the rip. When the teaser hits the web, we'll have another update. It already revealed cameos by Rick Rubin, Slaughterhouse (no surprises yet...) and Kendrick Lamar!
With.. KENDRICK LAMAR and special unannounced guests per city. This automatically becomes the hip hop tour for the fall so be sure to get tickets whenever they become available. Here are the #Yeezus Tour Dates:
Here's Drake's reaction to "Control", and it's a juicy one.
"I didn't really have anything to say about it," Drake says. "It just sounded like an ambitious thought to me. That's all it was. I know good and well that Kendrick's not murdering me, at all, in any platform. So when that day presents itself, I guess we can revisit the topic." - Drake
This excerpt comes from the upcoming issue of Billboard, of which Drake happily graces the cover. Your thoughts on Drizzy's reaction to "Control"?
Kendrick Lamar talks "Control" with Rosenberg on Hot 97
First off, apologies on the delay ladies and gents. If you've been checking the site today, we've been down for much of it and just now back up and running after a server upgrade (this is great news!). If you were social media savvy, hopefully you caught the updated on our Twitter and much of the cool new content we put up on our tumblr today :) But now, back to our regulary scheduled programming blog posts...
I begin tonight with Kendrick Lamar addressing "Control" in a series of new interviews today. First, he talked with Rosenberg of Hot 97 this morning in a candid 20 minute chat heard above. He talks about how he heard "Control" was making the waves it did when he was across the pond in the U.K. at the time of its release, his favorite of the responses (King Los), and much more about the hip hop game. I let this play in the background while I was cooking breakfast this morning. ICYMI, you can do so too.
Kendrick also appeared on Chelsea Lately for the first time tonight and the two touched on "Control" and the VMA performance as some fun back and forth by Chelsea made it more interesting. Watch that one below.
"Honestly I didn't know it would be so much speculation—I just wanted to rap. If anybody knows me doing music, I wanna just rap."
On the "King of New York" lyric:
"I think that's a case where I maybe had to dumb down my lyrics just a little bit. The irony of that line is that the people that actually understood it and got it was the actual kings of New York. We've been down with them this past week, and them understanding that it's not about actually being the King of whatever coast, it's about leading the market as great as Biggie as great as Pac."
There it is! It's been two weeks or so since Kendrick Lamar set the hip hop world on fire with his verse on "Control". He hasn't done any interviews since, probably by choice and because he's been overseas on tour for select dates with Eminem. A lot of people are curious to hear his reaction to the feedback the verse has gotten and the responses from the many big-name emcees.
Today, K. Dot broke his silence on the topic in an interview with his hometown's Power 106. The full interview will run tomorrow morning, with the first preview being heard below (and transcribed above). To add to the intrigue, Kendrick will also be talking with Peter Rosenberg of New York's Hot 97 tomorrow morning. I know I want to hear more on his thoughts on the response tracks. Keep it locked between now and then for more on this...
In a new video presented by Budweiser, Kendrick Lamar recalls the first studio session he had with Dr. Dre, which turned out to be for their collab "Compton". K. Dot tells it well, including the first moment they met and how instant their chemistry was. Plus, I really like what Kendrick says about an artist able to use their voice and tone as an instrument to the record to help paint the picture. He gets it, folks. Watch this quick 2-minute spot above!
In this fun new interview with Kendrick Lamar, he talks a lot about the NBA — his own dreams growing up and why he stopped playing (haha) and his relationships with Chris Paul and his high school homie Arron Afflalo("Black Boy Fly"). Plus, some Clippers/Lakers talk with Dwight Howard moving on as well. Lastly, they end on a fun game of what kills Kendrick's vibe. Thought this was a different type of interview and figured I'd give it some extra shine.
In other K. Dot news, the new video for his feature on Robin Thicke's new single "Give It 2 U" with 2 Chainz is out now and can be seen below.
Robin Thicke "Give It 2 U" f/ 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar [Music Video]