Eminem's lyrics are just attention-seeking
Eminem has defended his controversial lyrics, saying he'd rather have "bad attention than no attention"
This article is from 2013.
Eminem would rather have "bad attention than no attention".
The 'Loose Yourself' singer - who is well known for his offensive and often violent lyrics - says he enjoys provoking a reaction.
The controversial rapper - who holds convictions for assault and weapons charges - has been attacked over his use of homophobic and violent language, but maintains he is deliberately controversial.
Speaking in an interview with SiriusXM radio, he said: "I'm in this game to press buttons ... and spark conversation and to get a reaction out of people. And that's kind of how I've been from day one. You know just rapping in the hip hop shop, I want to say the lines that are going to get people's attention. And I would rather have ... even if it's bad attention, then no attention at all.
"I think it's cool if my records spark conversation, or a debate."
The 41-year-old rapper - who released his eighth studio album, 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2', earlier this week (5.11.13) - also tries to stay away from social media and networking sites, because he thinks it would hinder his musical productivity by causing him to get into fights.
He said: "I really try not to pay attention. Put it this way, I want to keep my finger on the pulse of what's going on, so I don't want to be ignorant in that sense. But at the same time, I can't pay attention to what everyone is saying. I would never be able to make music, I don't think, if I got caught up in that. Because I would probably get caught up in some ugly arguments with people. 'Yo, drive to my house now.'
"It would consume a lot of my time and it would be very counter-productive for me to do that. But I still do, and that's what's f**ked up."