Eminem’s contributions to hip-hop culture is incalculable. Slim Shady’s achievements continue to mount one by one. The legendary rapper is also not afraid to remind audiences about his humble roots, as he was poor as a child and was depicted as such in the film 8 Mile. Fat Joe recently reiterated his chance of signing Eminem.
This is the same story Fat Joe has recounted many times, but new details emerge each time. Joe’s genuine regret makes the entire narrative amusing. Joe confessed in Big Boy’s radio studio that Eminem reminded him of his past shortcomings in the same context.
I was just immature, I was crazy. I was just at these places, and one of these places was the Revolt Summit. And people were giving me their demos. I was at these places, and I was trying to get myself in the game, and Eminem apparently was giving me his demo. So years later, we had dinner, me, him, and B-Real from Cypress Hill. And Em was like, “Joe, Imma tell you something. I gave you my demo like six times”, and I was like, “Nooooo!!! Jesus Christ!”
Joe recalled Eminem from his time with the Outsidaz group. Eminem was the thin and tiny white boy among all black youngsters with dreadlocks. They were holding him by his pants because he was about to tumble off the stage going insane. It was already too late. It wasn’t time for a demo. He was switched on and about to move on with Dr. Dre.
And I always tell a story, when his first album came out, it was Grammy week. When you see us on that classic picture of Pun and me at the Grammys looking like cartoon characters… But the night before, his album came out. And we stood the long line at Tower Records to get Eminem’s album. The first album. We bumped that all night and went to the Grammys the next day.
Of course, it was NWA’s renowned Dr. Dre who offered Em that unique experience. But he’d have been hot with Joe and gang as well. Big Pun, Remy Ma and DJ Khaled were created by them. The list could go on and on. However, Fat Joe was into flash, show off, and that sort of thing, but Eminem was not. He was engrossed on something else.
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