R-RATED RAPPER EMINEM SAYS HE DOESN'T CURSE AROUND THE HOUSE. PROFANITY IS A PART OF HIS ART ? "60 MINUTES" SUNDAY ON CBS
In a Rare Interview, he Shows Anderson Cooper His Artistic Process of Rhyming
Eminem, the rapper whose R-rated lyrics could make a drill sergeant blush, tells Anderson Cooper the harsh language is for his art, not for his home. He also demonstrates that art, taking Cooper through the process he uses to rhyme just about any word in the language. Eminem will be profiled on 60 MINUTES Sunday, Oct. 10 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
"Profanity around my house? No," says Eminem, when Cooper asks if he acts like he does on stage or on his records in his real life. "I'm not saying there's not glimpses of me in the music, [that] there's not truth in ...things that I say," he tells Cooper. "But this is music, this is my art..."
At home it's a different art, that of parenting. "I'm a parent. I have daughters. I mean, how would I really sound, as a person...walking around my house [saying] 'Bitch, pick this up,' you know what I mean?...I don't cuss." Watch the clip.
Asked if he feels a sense of responsibility when his young fans use the language they hear him use in his songs, the rapper, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, responds, "I feel like it's your job to parent them. If you're the parent, be a parent," he tells Cooper.
The rap artist also takes Cooper through the creative process he uses to rhyme words - any words, even "orange." "People say that the word orange doesn't rhyme with anything and that kind of pisses me off because I can think of a lot of things that rhyme with orange," says Eminem, who then starts rapping rhymes for orange for Cooper and the cameras. Watch the clip.
In the interview, Mathers talks about his early years as the new kid in school who was always picked on, his rise to star rapper despite his being a white man in a predominantly black medium, and the drug addiction that nearly cost him his career.
60 MINUTES cameras also capture Eminem in concert and go back with him to his old Detroit neighborhood that he says can still inspire his art.