Eminem Covers Billboard

For the first time, the Artist of the Decade covers this week’s edition of Billboard. Peep a couple of quotes below.

On being the best-selling artist of the last decade
“I don’t think I’ve actually stopped to think about it,” Eminem says by phone from his home in Detroit, while on a brief break between trips to promote Recovery. “I never thought that my life would amount to this. But to be able to sit back and digest it is so strange to me, because I still feel so regular. I don’t understand what people think the big deal is about me. It’s a very strange relationship that I have with fame.”

On his approach to “Recovery”:
“I would go back and listen to songs off The Marshall Mathers LP, The Eminem Show and some of Encore and ask, ‘Why don’t my music feel like this anymore?’ ” Eminem recalls. ” ‘The Way I Am,’ ‘Criminal’ and ‘Toy Soldiers’ were songs that meant something. I wanted there to be a reason why I was making each song, instead of making it just to make it.”

On taking his time before touring:
“I’ll do these shows and see how I feel afterward, then set up a couple more,” Eminem says. “I’ve had to relearn to do shows sober, because there were so many years that I didn’t know how to do it. Alcohol, Valium — all these things were crutches for me so that I didn’t have to feel anything when I went onstage. Everything right now is a step at a time, a day at a time.”

On caring more about critical reception than sales:

“Honestly, as long as people enjoy the music, that means the most to me,” Eminem says with unabashed sincerity. “I could sell 80 million records in the first week, and if my peers or fans of real hip-hop didn’t like it, it really wouldn’t mean anything.”

More on the quality of his past albums:

“I was pretty much in full-blown addiction while I was creating [“Encore”],” he says, “and as far as Relapse, when I first got sober I got really happy because I was not a prisoner of addiction anymore, so life was brand-new to me. I was like, ‘Shit, man, trees are beautiful again. What a nice day it is.’ I don’t think I was paying attention to what the average listener might like or not like.”

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  • mmkayy

    about time..

  • RapMusic23

    Dope cover

  • John Macabee


  • KingpinEX

    how come he never smiles?! what the fuck is up with you em?!

    best rapper alive! and ever…

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  • meezy

    In this black man game, he’s the one chosen

  • damnn

    hip hops back kings back recovery all day do ur thing shadyy tht nigggggaaaa

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  • matthew

    Its fucking cool taht he doesnt smile. He doesnt try to cozy up to the public aka Madonna or even Jay who feels the need to show his teeth to get some love .

  • Midnite!

    Shadyyyyyyyy!!24/7 365!G.O.A.T!!!!!

  • ashley

    Damn Em got hot <33

    also congratulations on the huge sale first week, heard it's estimated to sell 675k now.

  • blaqscorpio

    ^ I guess you don’t smile either huh? Sometimes a smile just shows you have a personality, Em just looks sad and tortured sometimes. I bet his therapist tells him to try and smile some more, this ish is NOT HEALTHY.

  • D-manded

    lol i dunno who cares if he dont smile maybe he actually thinks his smile looks gay or somethin i dont like smilin personally unless its a real smile i cant smile n shit to fit in with everyone else

  • congrats, been bumpin nuttin but recovery for over 2 weeks now

  • Wow.


  • jenny

    it’s about time they get the artist of the decade on the cover

  • 250 MG

    Cool picture

  • teejay

    I don’t remember eminem ever. Smiling that much. Some people don’t smile much, we all know em has a dry personality. It’s not a big deal.

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  • standing ovat(ion) – Jay Z


  • blaqscorpio


    I get you, you don’t have to be all smiley with everybody/everytime but you can atleast smile with a fan every now and then.

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  • matthew

    ^ Remeber he is still constrained by some of his lyrics. Like from MMLP:
    “All I see is sissies in magazines smiling, what ever happened to wilding out and being violent”

  • D-manded

    LOL fuck it he can have a face like this http://img.metro.co.uk/i/pix/2009/05/prescottyorkPRY_450x499.jpg and i wont care long as he gonna put out dope music

  • Wow !!! Really cool!

  • mmkayy

    y the fck do u all care if he smiles or not… lmaoo says a lot about u

  • smh

    @John Macabee Are you making that Illuminati statement based on this cover?
    @meezy To continue to refer to Hip Hop as a “Black Man’s Game” in the second decade of the new Millennium and 30+ years into the game, is not only ridiculously inaccurate, its demonstrates the same antiquated prejudice and racism that the Movie and TV industry exploits against their non-white population. tsk,tsk,tsk.

  • M.U

    Where can i download it?

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  • So Icy Boi!

    Emine showin his love to “Satan”….because he not afraid…..

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  • LOL. You Americans and your obsession with public smiles. This is a serious, heartfelt look (notice the hand on his chest?). I don’t see any negativity in this pic. I like its seriousness.

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  • Roy

    @So Icy Boi

    Satan isn’t real. Now shut up.

    Lol at Em putting his hand over his heart, and people go crazy. Anything to call out Illuminati.

  • Rachael5922

    is that this month or next month? because im not walking until i know.

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  • Interscope Employee

    Best Rapper Alive

  • Ultrakid

    Eminem the artist of the decade??? How?

  • ashley

    [email protected] the interviews
    ‘Shit, man, trees are beautiful again. What a nice day it is.’ LMFAO

  • yo this is the man. i went on youtube and just threw all his old diss tracks all his old features and serious songs like soldier and wow that took me bak. no wonder y he has been my favorite for such long time.

    PS. he should do another song with xzibit they were a tight ass dual

  • the grime

    criminal = one of eminems best songs ever. the flow is ridonkulous

  • Toya

    Just finished reading the article on Billboard’s website. Very nice. I would like to see who else besides Slaughterhouse has caught Em’s attention.

    I don’t get the smile comments. Some peoeple just aren’t smilers. It doesn’t mean he isn’t happy.

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  • Thank Me Hater

    Even if you don’t like his music….how can you not respect this? smh

  • Mr. G

    Recovery was good not great! Don’t like that he is singing on most of the tracks. And why he always raps likes he’s mad. A smile wouldn’t kill him. He just has to keep his persona of a tough guy that way he doesn’t lose his fan base.’

  • Roy

    @Mr. G

    What are you talking about? Lose his fan base because he cracks a smile? Uh, no. Back in the day when he was considered more of a bad ass than now, he was crackin smiles and laughing all the time. Shit even nowadays on radio interviews he’s always cracking jokes and laughing. He’s probably like that nowadays only around his friends and family. Not much makes him happy these days probably. But it’s whatever. If he doesn’t want to smile, it shouldn’t be that big of a deal.

  • I just think he dosent smile in pictures and on camera cuz im the same way, when someone pulls out a camera or something my Face just gets all serious all of a sudden and i dont smile for shit….and also thats the only way we the fans can see him, through pictures and video..We cant see him 24/7 or when he’s just chilling at his house with ppl he’s comfortable with..I Bet you he tells jokes and always luaghs up the ass..


  • valerie

    he looks amazing on the cover<3

  • nonny

    good interview, recovery is a classic album

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  • WòŕĐ ṦṁίϦ₮

    Mr. G why do care so much whether or not another man is smiling……fag.

  • shayden

    Loved how he said he cares wut fans of REAL hip hop thnk of his music. a stab at wut hp hop has become

  • uccv

    wt a fuck..
    you guys talkin about smile?
    c.mon man..
    he.s music maker. not model

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  • webstar

    he lost a lot of weight. Glad he’s cleaned up his act though. Album is overrated though.

  • DAMN! i never knew em was so damn FINE!
    p.s he dont have 2 smile if he dont want 2 and whats up wit this Illuminati shit its fuckin retarded

  • shayden

    Criminal has always been my fav song by him and did u kno it is the first song he produced and it took him hours to get the dude in the song to say Em dont kill nobody cuz the guy was sooo drunk


    Recovery is the name of the game

  • C. Baines

    But if he smiles, Mac Diesel will call him a homo and say ‘don’t hate on my opinion’.

  • Yousef

    you hear that. Real Hip Hop!!!!

  • ????

    Wow this picture looks very similar to the cover of drakes album. the right eye is covered and light is seen under it. Showing their loyalty to the people that control the path of their career. Evil people.

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  • Chris

    he is the Best!

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  • Jewels

    If the man dont want to smile he dont fucking have to!! Get the fuck over it!! He is so damm sexy as fuck anyway it dont matter!! haha! 😉 He can do whatever the fuck he wants…he is the KING assholes 🙂

  • Kruzzz

    What’s up between him and Rihanna?

  • Mosa

    Nice…I love the album….he has always been a favorite.
    I like him because he remains to be himself, admits to his problems and say fuck what people think, im human….Keep ya head up…and Take it one day at a time

  • Alba

    I’m in love with this guy…literally
    though, i would like to see him smiling sometimes, since he has a beautiful smile 😉 <3