Eminem is widely considered to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Em’s international fame and critically acclaimed work are widely regarded as having broken racial barriers for the acceptance of white rappers in popular music. It was recently revealed that the lyrical legend was impressed by Andre 3000’s flow.
In a recent interview with B High TV, B.o.B recalled Slim Shady’s reaction when he played him his “Play the Guitar” collaboration with the Outkast legend during a studio session. The song, which features a show-stealing guest verse from 3 Stacks, was released in 2011 following the success of B.o.B’s chart-topping debut album, ‘The Adventures of Bobby Ray.’
“I remember when I was in the studio with Eminem and I played Eminem ‘Play the Guitar.’ And I remember Em being like, ‘You just never know where [André 3000] gon’ land at.’ I know what he meant when he said that.”
“I was watching him listening to André 3000’s verse on my song and he was like, ‘Damn, man. You just never know where he’s gon’ land with the flow.’ And I’m just like, ‘Yo, this is wild to me!’”
B.o.B also had high praise for The Love Below lyricist, saying: “I know what [Eminem] meant by that because … the way André approaches verses, he’s like a journalist, he’s storytelling.”
“You know when you see battle rap and they make you go, ‘Oooh!’ He’s able to do that just from talking from his perspective and you be like, ‘Damn! I never thought about that’ … To this day, I still listen to Dré’s verses and be thinking like, ‘How the f*ck did he? Why did he say that like that?’”
While Eminem and André 3000 have yet to collaborate, their affection is mutual. During a rare appearance on Rick Rubin’s Broken Record podcast in 2019, 3 Stacks revealed that he and Em used to nerd out over the Bay Area Hip Hop collective Hieroglyphics. “Me and Eminem, we sat on the phone for about an hour talking about the Hieroglyphics crew,” he said.
“We were trading their lyrics on the phone like, ‘Do you remember, man?’ They sparked so much, they opened up a new door for everybody.”
André 3000 was also one of several MCs honored by Eminem on his 2002 single Til I Collapse. “It goes Reggie, JAY-Z, 2Pac and Biggie/André from OutKast, Jada, Kurupt, Nas and then me,” he declared. B.o.B collaborated with Eminem on “Airplanes, Pt. II,” the sequel to his hit single with Hayley Williams from Paramore. At the 2011 Grammy Awards, the song was nominated for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.
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