Eminem is widely regarded as one of the best rappers of all time and is credited for popularizing hip-hop in middle America. Eminem’s advice on dealing with criticism and performing live was recently shared by Westside Boogie, and Em has a veteran’s approach to things.
Westside Boogie has a special relationship with Eminem. Since 2017, Boogie has been signed to his Shady Records label. He was recently on Raquel Harper’s It’s Tricky podcast.
Boogie shared advice Slim Shady gave him based on his own stage experience. During the live show, Boogie explained how Eminem told him not to stage dive and how he may be sued as a result. “Performance-wise, he told me stop stage-diving ’cause I can get sued,” he said.
“That’s just a physical thing. He don’t like how I be jumping in the crowd ’cause he said I could get sued and how he got into fight for doing that. But I just like jumping into the crowd – it’s like my thing, you know what I’m saying? So I don’t know if that’s necessarily good advice, but that’s the advice he gave me.”
“Music advice, he talked to me about not taking everything personal from blogs, ’cause it’s hard for me because my music is so genuine to me. So not seeing good responses sometimes frustrates me ’cause I know how much I put into it, but I think that’s every artist. Plus, coming from a neighborhood where we can’t let nobody punk us, gotta stand up for ourselves, when somebody come for me crazy on the internet, it’s always hard to not reply.”
Westside Boogie discussed his relationship with Eminem in an interview with HotNewHipHop in May 2020. They spoke on a regular basis at the time, and that has apparently not changed.
“When we talk it’s regular, he’s like a regular person,” he explained. “But when he calls, somebody else calls first and then they’ll be like, ‘Marshall’s on the phone,’ and I feel like I’m about to talk to my teacher or something,” he continued.
“What makes it great about him is he just lets me grow as an artist and let me do what I gotta do. If I need something from him I can always reach out. As far as my work I don’t really want other people influencing my ideas, I wanna get my own thoughts off, I don’t really involve too many people honestly.”
On June 17th, Westside Boogie released his new album, More Black Superheroes. He dropped it through Shady Records. Snoop Dogg, Soulja Boy, Smino, Teezo Touchdown, Shelley FKA DRAM, and others feature on the album.
Working under Slim Shady and getting his advice is still a dream for many rappers. You can check out Boogie’s album below. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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